LT. Zermeno's Brother Speaks About Young Soldier's Death

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 4:34pm

Father Zermeno still remembers breaking the news about his brother’s death.

“I don't know what has happened but Andy's dead,” said Zermeno.

That is the message he told his parents after receiving a call from his sister-in-law. She told him that Lieutenant Andres Zermeno had been killed in Afghanistan after a rocket propelled grenade struck his vehicle.

“She took a deep breath and said that you need to get home with your parents and I told her I am home,” says Father Zermeno. “She cried a little longer and then she paused and said that she just had a visit and we would be getting one soon.”

The grieving process has been difficult for Lieutenant Zermeno’s older brother, “If you have people you can turn to and talk with it can help.”

The next step to honoring Lieutenant Zermeno’s legacy will be a proper burial. His brother says that the timetable and location of the burial is still undetermined but will be decided by his sister-in-law. Until that time Father Zermeno wants people to remember his brother as someone who stood up for those around him.

“He wore his heart on his sleeve but he would get upset when people were treated unfair and he would speak up about it,” says Zermeno.

The body of Lieutenant Zermeno arrived in Delaware on Tuesday. He is survived by his wife Rachel and their two young children.

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