By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

January 14, 2013

LOS ALAMITOS, California – On the day Alvin Bulaoro was supposed to be promoted to U.S. Army Reserve Commanding officer, his fellow servicemen instead gave him one final salute over the weekend.

Bulaoro, a former U.S. Navy man turned Army Reservist, was found dead in his vehicle earlier this month after he had been missing for nearly two weeks.

“We’ll always pray that justice will prevail. Now, let me salute you,” said his father Alvino Bulaoro.

One by one, soldiers gave him a final salute as officers described a selfless man who had served the U.S. military for five years as soon as he and his family moved to California in 2007.

The family is still trying to make sense of his mysterious death. Bulaoro went missing on December 21st. His car was
found on January 4th at a parking lot near his Fallbrook home, his body zipped up in a sleeping bag, showing signs of trauma.

Police are still continuing investigations, but they suspect foul play.

The Bulaoro family will hold another service this week for the community in Fallbrook, before they take Alvin’s remains back to the Philippines.

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