Local Memorial

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Saturday night a memorial mass was held for slain army Sargeant Christopher Ramirez. Ramirez was killed on April 14th in an ambush in Iraq. This 34 year old was born and raised in Edinburg, Texas. But Ramirez' family lives in Rockford. Last month, a funeral was held for Ramirez in Texas where his family received a purple heart. Christopher spent some time with his mother this past Christmas during a short leave. He served in the army for 14 years and intended to retire last December. However, his tour of duty was extended for another year.