Soldier from Weslaco Killed in Afghanistan, High School Coach Reflects

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POSTED: Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 7:43pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 16, 2011 - 8:34am


The news came early thursday afternoon. Rudy Rodriguez, 26, was killed yesterday in Afghanistan.
We spoke to his high school coach earlier today who say he's not at all surprised Rodriguez ended up in the armed forces

Eddie Serna is the Athletic Director at Weslaco high school. He's trained hundreds of athletes here since the early 90's but today only one has been on his mind.

Earlier today news of the death of Sgt. Rudy Rodriguez spread across the upper valley. Shocking friends, family and people he grew up with. Serna tells us he remembers a brave and strong young man...


"He stuck to football a little more. He was just an over all good athlete, he says. " It doesn't surprise me that he ended up in the armed forces because he was very athletic."

Like many upper valley residents Coach Serna says the death hits way too close to home.

We'll keep you posted on our website and facebook for any new developments.

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