Edcouch soldier killed while serving overseas in Iraq

Sgt. Estevan Altamirano / Family Photo

An Edcouch soldier is the latest casualty in the War on Terror.

Officials have confirmed that U.S. Army Sgt. Estevan Altamirano died over the weekend while serving overseas in Iraq.

Altamirano is an Edcouch native and attended Edcouch-Elsa High School.

He leaves behind a wife and three children in McAllen.

Family members told Action 4 News that Altamirano also had two other children from a previous marriage.

Sgt. Altamirano is the 40th Rio Grande Valley soldier killed fighting the War On Terror overseas.

Statement From Family of Sgt. Altamirano

To Whom It May Concern:

The family of SGT Estevan Altamirano wishes to express the following.

Sgt. Estevan Altamirano was born on July 14, 1981 in the city of Edinburg,Texas. He is a graduate from Edcouch Elsa and resided in Fort Hood, Texas. He served his country honorably for 11 1/2 years. His life revolved around the love he had for his family and his military family. He is survived by his loving wife Pamela Altamirano, daughters Kayla Monet, Alexandria Ayana, Leandra Grace and two sons Dominic and Justin Altamirano. His two sons reside in Kansas.

As a child Estevan had a love of fishing that continued well into his adult life. He never left an Army brother behind, he had a smile that never turned to a frown. He spent most of his life in the military and enjoyed fighting for our freedom. He loved his army brothers and would have done anything for them. The army was a very important part of his life.

He will be forever missed, he was a great man, father, and a true hero.

Sincerely, The Altamirano FamilyThe family would appreciate your discretion during these troubling times.