A San Marcos Academy and West Point graduate was killed in Afghanistan this week when he stepped on an improvised explosive device.
U.S. Army Capt. Paul W. Peña graduated from the academy in 2000 and went on to West Point where he graduated in 2004. He was previously deployed to Iraq and, within the last few months, was sent to Afghanistan where he died either on Monday or Tuesday, although reports are not clear on the date, said Shelley Henry, the academy’s spokesperson.
“It’s been very difficult. We haven’t lost a student in service in at least 20 years. We did have a number who died in World War II and Korea and Vietnam but it’s not something we’ve dealt with lately,” Henry said.
Peña attended San Marcos Academy starting in seventh grade and was third-in-command in the school’s Junior Reserve Office Training Corp, Henry said.
His mother, Cecilia Peña, is a teacher at Kyle Elementary School. She is en route to meet her son’s body at Dover Air Force Base, Henry said.Email | Print