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      Ceremony to honor Raymondville soldier who died from cancer

      A Raymondville soldier who recently died from cancer is to be honored with a flag raising ceremony.

      Family members say U.S. Army Sgt. Juan Jose Pedraza passed away from the deadly disease on January 16th.

      The 25-year-old was buried on Saturday in Raymondville.

      But officials are holding a flag-raising ceremony on Monday, January 28th at Pedraza TMs aunt TMs home in his honor.

      The ceremony is expected to take place from 5 to 7 pm at 883 W. Tampico in Raymondville.

      The public is invited to attend.

      Sgt. Pedraza served four tours overseas, 3 in Iraq and once in Afghanistan, before being diagnosed with cancer in February of last year.

      Pedraza is also the cousin of 27-year-old U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Hector Leija.

      Staff Sgt. Leija was killed in Iraq in 2007 from wounds sustained during combat operations.