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Re: “The unusual death of Alex Quiros

Alex was not suicidal nor at all prone to depression, aggression, or any acts of self harm. There was no breakup with his girlfriend. They were discussing whether they should both move to New York for his graduate studies or whether they would continue the long distance relationship for a few months while his girlfriend did an internship. Alex was excited to be graduating in a few weeks after four long, hard years in the Academy. He was going to spend a few weeks with several other cadets visiting Japan after graduation. Alex was looking at apartments in New York for his first semester at RIT and he sent his girlfriend several links to possible rentals close to campus for her to look at. Alex spent his spring break the week before he died in Washington visiting his girlfriend at her school in Washington. He was excited to be so close to finishing classes and getting his commission. While in Seattle, Alex and his girlfriend shopped for engagement rings. He died 4 days later.

Alex was born on Russia and immigrated to the US as a toddler when his mother married a Costa Rican naturalized American. He still had family in Russia that he kept contact with although he was never allowed a visa to go back and visit. He was accepted into the Air Force Acadmey but was denied security clearance because of where he was born. While classmates were trained around the world in India, Belgium, and Qatar, Alex was always sent to domestic locations for his training without an explanation as to why. Alex's military record at the Acadmey was stellar. Not only were his grades outstanding, he was a well liked and respected leader in his squadron, a volunteer peer mentor, and never had any disciplinary issues in the slightest. He was not high- strung or riddled with anxiety over his school work. Alex was brilliant and responsible and very proud of all he had accomplished. Alex looked forward to continuing on in the Air Force, designing satellite systems, and serving his country. There was never a finer man who wore the cadet uniform than Alex Quiros. Any cadet or friend who knew him will tell you flat out that Alex was not disturbed or stressed out or distraught. No one interviewed the people who knew him best and served by his side at the Academy or his girlfriend to whom he was faithful through high school and college. He was devoted to his mother and younger brother and grateful to his adopted father who brought he and his mother to the US. But a coroner makes the decision based on whatever is the easiest to explain without speaking to anyone who actually knew him and has decided that Alex simply couldn't face life any longer despite the fact that he was a few weeks away from achieving everything he wanted for his life. Ludicrous and sloppy.

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Posted by Sherry on 07/28/2015 at 6:22 PM

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