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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Video: Friends, family mourn former soldier lost to suicide

Video: Friends, family mourn former soldier lost to suicide
Cape Cod Times
By Cynthia Mccormick
June 20, 2013

BOURNE — Family and friends laid Christian Estrada to rest on a day as sunny as the grin that the 24-year-old Iraq War veteran flashed in family photos.

"He had a smile from ear to ear," childhood friend Daniel McCann said Wednesday at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, where Estrada is being interred.

"His laugh was amazing," said Trisha Ryder, of Dennis, who knew Estrada as far back as their days at Ezra H. Baker Elementary School. She turned and wept.

A diagnosis of service-related post-traumatic stress disorder chipped away at Estrada's natural cheer.

Honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 2010, Estrada died June 5 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while in his apartment in Killeen, Texas.
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