Las Vegas Soldier Killed in Iraq

A Las Vegas soldier is one of the latest casualties in the war on terror. Army Corporal Stanley Lapinski was killed this past weekend when an explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad.

Serious and dedicated is how Army Corporal Stanley Lapinski was while wearing his military uniform. But to his friends and family, the 35-year-old was known more for his smiling face and always having a good time.

"He was always an amazing friend. If he was someone's friend he would be there for them anytime they needed him," said his girlfriend Rebecca Zisch, who remembers the day Lapinski's mother called her with the news of his death. "She had left me a message. I missed her call initially, and I could tell by the voice on the phone what the news was going to be and I didn't want to hear it so I wanted a while before I called her back," said Zisch through her tears.

It was the attacks on America on September 11th, Rebecca says, that encouraged Lapinski to enlist in the military, "he always felt like he missed out on something. He was older than people who usually enlist."

Those close to him still can't believe he is gone, "Everyone says he just wasn't the kind of guy that you couldn't imagine this tragedy happening to because he was so strong and solid."

But it's his kind and generous heart, Rebecca will miss most, "he's somebody I'll always remember and always love."

Corporal Lapinski's parents now live in Florida. They want to extend their sincerest appreciation to their son's friends here in Las Vegas who have been supportive during their loss


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