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Final Goodbye To Fallen Porterville Soldier

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Hundreds were in Porterville Tuesday to pay respects to a soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Army Pfc. Alejandro Jose Pardo, 21, died two weeks ago when his unit came under attack by the Taliban.

Pardo's body arrived in Porterville Sunday.

A mass was held at Holy Cross Church Tuesday morning. It was followed by burial at Home of Peace Cemetery.

On Sunday, Pardo's mother delivered this message to KMPH News through a spokesperson: "When AJ decided to join the Army still in high school, I had to come to terms with his decision and acknowledge that we cannot ask others to send their sons and daughters into service if{}I am unwilling to send my own."

Five other soldiers were killed in the July 8 attack.

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Porterville has lost three soldiers in Afghanistan in the past eighteen months.

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