Fallen Marine’s brother kills self

January 6, 2012
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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 last 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.