Miguel Villalon

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UPDATE 1/22/20:

A memorial ceremony will be held next week in Aurora to honor United States Army Specialist Miguel Villalon, who was killed by a roadside attack in Afghanistan.

The ceremony, which is being hosted by the City of Aurora in collaboration with East Aurora School District #131, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29 at East Aurora High School on Tomcat Lane.

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin announced the details regarding the ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.

Two U.S. Army soldiers, including the 21 year-old from Aurora, were killed in the attack.

Villalon attended Waldo Middle School and East Aurora High School in Aurora. He joined the United States Army in 2018 and, after completing basic combat training and advanced individual training in 2019, at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, he was assigned to Fort Bragg where he served as a combat engineer. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with "C'' Device, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

Funeral services for Villalon will be held this weekend at his family’s hometown of Brownsville, Texas.

After the services, Villalon's mother, Olivia Guzman Villalon, will return home to participate in the Aurora memorial ceremony, next week.

Through the mayor’s office, she sends her gratitude to the community for the outpouring of love and support.

In response to inquiries from the community, Mayor Irvin said donations, cards and letters for the Villalon family can be brought to the ceremony.

UPDATE 1/17/20:

City of Aurora officials say a community-wide vigil and memorial ceremony will be held for a fallen soldier who attended East Aurora schools.

Aurora Chief Communications spokesman Clayton Muhammad said in a statement on Friday morning that Specialist Miguel Villalon's body was returned home from Afghanistan, earlier this week, where is was received by his mother at Dover Air Force Base.

Villalon will be laid to rest next weekend in their family’s hometown in Brownsville, Texas where he attended elementary school and where his father and many immediate family members currently reside.

As WSPY reported earlier this week, two U.S. Army soldiers, including the 21 year-old soldier from Aurora, were killed in a roadside attack in Afghanistan on Saturday.

Villalon attended Waldo Middle School and East Aurora High School in Aurora.

On Sunday evening, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin announced that flags would be flown at half staff until the first sunrise after Villalon is laid to rest.

Muhammad says Aurora is planning a community-wide vigil and memorial ceremony after the Texas funeral. Details of the ceremony will be made public on Tuesday.

Muhammad says Ms. Villalon will be in attendance for the ceremony in Aurora.

ORIGINAL:

Two U.S. Army soldiers, including a 21 year-old from Aurora, were killed in a roadside attack in Afghanistan on Saturday. 

The U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement that Specialist Miguel Vil­lalon is deceased, as is Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin of Virginia. 

Both soldiers were killed in action on Saturday when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan. The soldiers were conducting operations as part of NATO's Resolute Support Mission.

Villalon's city of residence was listed as Joliet by the DOD, however, several officials say Villalon had Aurora roots and attended East Aurora High School. 

On Sunday evening, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin announced that flags would be flown at half staff until the first sunrise after Villalon is laid to rest.

In a statement from East Aurora School District #131, officials said Villalon was an NJROTC cadet. The district said they are grateful Villalon's courage and service to the nation and extended condolences to the soldier's family, friends, and all those who loved him. 

Mayor Irvin had also issued a statement of condolences saying, "the City of Lights shines much dim­mer be­cause of this loss."