Fallen Marine’s brother takes his own life

December 22, 2011

A brother of the fallen Marine for whom the Jamaica Plain post office was renamed has committed suicide, reportedly due to grief over his sibling’s 2004 death in Iraq.

Brian Luis Arredondo, 24, took his own life in Norwood on Dec. 19, according to a statement from his father Carlos and stepmother Melida. Brian and brother Alexander grew up in JP. Alexander was memorialized this year in the post office renaming, and also in a “Camp Alex” anti-war display that appeared at Occupy Boston and currently in an Occupy JP display at Monument Square’s First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist. Alexander’s name is also memorialized in an honorary street sign at the intersection of South and St. Rose streets.

According to the family statement, Brian Arrendondo “never was able to recover from his deep sadness over the death of his brother Alex, a condition called complicated grief.”

Brian Arredondo was the son of Carlos Arredondo and Victoria Foley.

A wake is scheduled for Dec. 27, 4-9 p.m., at Mann and Rodgers Funeral Home, 44 Perkins St. in JP. A funeral Mass will be held Dec. 28, 10 a.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 97 South St. in JP.

  • Mobrienphd

    How horribly sad.  I don’t know this family at all, but saw Brian’s young face in the obituary today and learned he’d lost a brother as well. So much pain in one family. 

  • Enynails

    Dearly Missed and Dearly Loved!!

  • Anonymous

    As the Director of Survivor and Bereavement Programs for SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), I am posting a comment with the hope of being of assistance to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. Free information about coping with grief after suicide is available at http://www.save.org/coping — and there is a database of U.S. suicide bereavement support groups at http://suicidegrief.save.org/SBSG_Database.