Before he enlisted, you could always tell when Jaime Moreno was on
his way home from work: The sound of Mexican music artist Adan
"Chalino" Sanchez would be thumping louder and louder as his SUV
neared. While in Iraq, his family sent him salsa and Mexican sweets, but
he brought a lot of Mexican banda music with him that he had
downloaded on his computer. It was usually Sanchez, his favorite artist.
Moreno, 28, of Round Lake Beach, Ill., died Oct. 13 of injuries suffered
when a bomb exploded near his patrol vehicle in Baghdad. He was
based at Fort Hood. "He used to help people so much," said Moreno's
sister Maricela Repizo. "He helped people who didn't speak English,
people who needed a ride to the Mexican consulate at three or four in
the morning," she said. "He never said no to anyone." After graduating
high school in 1994, he worked as a cook at Red Lobster and Chili's.
He wanted to be in the military since he was 5 years old. "His dreams
came true," Repizo said. "That was his dream, to be a soldier." Moreno
is survived by his wife, Alma, and an 8-year-old daughter, Alexis.