LOS ALAMITOS, California - On the day Alvin Bulaoro was suppose to be promoted to US Army Reserve Commanding officer, his fellow servicemen instead gave him one final salute over the weekend.
Bulaoro, a former US Navy man turned Army Reservist, was found dead in his vehicle earlier this month after he had been missing for nearly two weeks.
“We'll always pray that justice will prevail. Now, let me salute you,” said his father Alvino Bulaoro.
One by one, soldiers gave him a final salute as officers described a selfless man who had served the US military for 5 years as soon as he and his family moved to California in 2007.
The family is still trying to make sense of his mysterious death. Bulaoro went missing on December 21st, his car was found on January 3rd at a parking lot near his Fallbrook home. His body zipped up in a sleeping bag, showing signs of trauma.
“Still waiting for justice. Hopefully, meron. Hindi ko pwede masasabi, kasi under investigation ngayon so yung lang,” said his brother John Bulaoro.
Police are still continuing their investigation.
The Bulaoro family will hold another service this week for the community in Fallbrook before they take Alvin's remains back to the Philippines.