Hannah Risvold spoke to her dear friend two days ago, never thinking it would be the last time they would speak.
“He was very excited to be coming home soon, he actually heard word that he would be coming back into the states in November and he would be back to Porterville Christmas time to see his family and friends,” said Risvold.
21- year old AJ Pardo was killed Sunday in Afghanistan in an ambush, along with five other soldiers. Pardo, a 2009 graduate of Granite Hills High School, told friends he always wanted to serve his country.
“He loved his country and this is what he wanted to do and its what made him happy and I was proud of him for doing that and proud of his passion,” said Mayvelyn Calantoc, friend.
A vigil was held at the church Pardo spent a lot of time. His Godfather tells me his faith meant a lot to him and Pardo asked for prayers before being deployed to Afghanistan.
“I spoke to him the day before he left for Afghanistan on his birthday and he was scared but he had a lot of peace and i know in my heart he drew that from his faith,” said Maurice Tenorio, godfather.
Pardo is described as the most lovable guy around and always had a smile on his face. His friends say he will be very missed but remembered as a brave man who fought for his country.
“I'm admiring him for his bravery and everything he did.