Lubbock Family Prepares to Bury Soldier Killed in Iraq - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/15/04

Lubbock Family Prepares to Bury Soldier Killed in Iraq

Roy Velez last heard from his son one week ago Saturday. In one week, Roy would never hear from him again. A family friend tells NewsChannel 11 Freddy Velez was in a fox hole with other soldiers when insurgents picked up a grenade they had just thrown back into the fox hole. That happened Saturday. Freddy leaves behind his family, a wife and friends who remember him all too well.

23-year-old Jose "Freddy" Velez graduated from Estacado High School about six years ago. Coach Robert Romero used to coach Freddy in football and wrestling. "Freddy is one of those type of the guys you want to get to know. He was a good leader and hard worker," said Romero.

Freddy graduated with honors, he was in the medical magnet program. His teacher Janet Copeland says he wanted to study medicine after high school. "When you think of Freddy, you always think of him being happy. He was a student that every teacher dreams of. He would turn in all his assignments on time, come in and greet," said Copeland.

On Saturday, Freddy was killed by insurgents during combat in Fallujah. "My first thought was that I had just prayed for them this morning and my prayers go out to the family and wife. She was in classes with him," said Copeland.

Freddy has two brothers in the army. His younger brother, Andrew, is fighting in Iraq. But today, he's escorting his brother's body home to Lubbock.

Freddy was in the army for five years. His wife of three years lives in Killeen. They have no children. Resthaven is handling funeral arrangements. A date for the funeral has not been set.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Harvey Weinstein arrested on rape, criminal sex act charges

    Harvey Weinstein arrested on rape, criminal sex act charges

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 04:22:30 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 9:08 AM EDT2018-05-25 13:08:44 GMT
    (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

  • Jury recommends $25M in Johnson & Johnson lawsuit

    Jury recommends $25M in Johnson & Johnson lawsuit

    Thursday, May 24 2018 4:42 PM EDT2018-05-24 20:42:21 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 9:08 AM EDT2018-05-25 13:08:07 GMT
    Johnson & Johnson said it's disappointed in the decision and will appeal. (Source: AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Johnson & Johnson said it's disappointed in the decision and will appeal. (Source: AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    A Southern California jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $25 million to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that she developed cancer by using the company's talc-based baby powder.

    A Southern California jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $25 million to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that she developed cancer by using the company's talc-based baby powder.

  • Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

    Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

    Thursday, May 24 2018 5:52 PM EDT2018-05-24 21:52:19 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 9:07 AM EDT2018-05-25 13:07:54 GMT
    A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle.

    Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle.

Powered by Frankly