CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2007 |
One of Alina Perez's earliest memories of her younger brother is of him on a beach in Coronado, Calif., running from a shadow cast by an airplane flying overhead and screaming: "Mom, help me! Help me!" That frightened 5-year-old grew up to become a soldier parachuting into combat out of helicopters -- a paradox that Perez has struggled to come to grips with since her brother's death June 6 in Afghanistan. Army Sgt. Charles E. Wyckoff, 28, of Chula Vista, Calif.