Marine killed in Iraq near Fallujah
February 3, 2006 (WLS) -- A young Marine from the western suburbs is among the latest causalities in Iraq. Sean Cardelli was killed when his unit was ambushed near Fallujah on Wednesday.
When students arrived Friday morning -- the flag outside the main entrance flew at half-staff in memory of 20-year-old Marine Private Sean Cardelli -- a 2004 Lisle graduate who was killed in action in Iraq on Wednesday.
As the class day began -- students were informed of Cardelli's death. "Please join me observing a moment of silence in Sean's memory to honor his sacrifice for our country," Ron Logeman, principal, announced over the loudspeaker Friday morning.
Grief counselors were available at Lisle High School to help students and staff cope with the loss. Students remember Cardelli as a hardworking student with artistic talent.
"No one will ever forget this kid. He was a good kid, and everybody knew him, and we're just all going to miss him," said Steve Miller, student.
"It's like a wakeup call for the rest of us, you know, this is real," said Neal McMahon, student.
Cardelli was on the wrestling team at Lisle. He returned to the school last year in his uniform to tell his friends and former teachers he was on his way to Iraq.
"He actually was in the best shape of his life, he said, and he seemed to be excited about it. He was proud that he was going to serve his country, and fight in the war," said April Sorce, teacher.
Cardelli was killed in Fallujah, the Pentagon says, by small arms fire during combat operations. At his former school, news of his death sparked new discussions about the country's mission in Iraq.
"To be honest, I don't feel we should be over there right now. Someone from around here just died, so what's the point?" said Chris Schuston, student.
The assistant principal at Lisle High School spoke with Cardelli's family, who is distraught.
Sean's family has set up a fund in Cardelli's name. The money will go to students annually at Lisle High School who want to continue their education but don't have the financial means.
The Sean Thomas Cardelli Education Fund
Attn. Alice Whitmer
503 North Washington
Naperville, Il. 60566
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