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JUNE 8, 1983 -- JULY 5, 2004

A memorial Mass for Marine Lance Cpl. Michael S. Torres will be offered at 10 a.m. next Saturday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Chestnut Street, Lockport. Burial was in the National Cemetery at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.

Lance Cpl. Torres, along with three fellow Marines, died July 5 in combat near Fallujah, Iraq. He was 21.

Born in El Paso, he lived there but spent many summers and vacations in Ransomville with his father. He left college after a year to enlist in the Marine Corps.

A machine gunner, Lance Cpl. Torres was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

He had received a meritorious field promotion to lance corporal in Iraq. According to a close friend and fellow Marine still serving there, Lance Cpl. Torres had been nicknamed "Guardian Angel" because he was always alert and watchful, and his fellow Marines always knew he was looking out for the well-being of others.

Survivors include his father, Dr. Michael A. of Ransomville, a colonel in the Air Force Reserve; his mother, Rossana Esparza of El Paso; three sisters, Karina Esparza of El Paso, Misty of Orlando, Fla., and Stefany of Wilson; a brother, Gregory of Ransomville, who is on active duty with the Navy; and his fiancee, Daily Clark of El Paso.


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