Army Spc. Rudy Acosta’s funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, Mar. 31, at 10:30 a.m. at Santa Clarita Baptist Church. The community is encouraged to line the streets of the motorcade route.
Pfc. Rudy A. Acosta, 19, was killed in Afghanistan March 19. In a news release, The Department of Defense said Acosta and another soldier were killed by small arms fire from “an individual from a military security group.” The incident is under investigation.
Acosta graduated from Santa Clarita Christian School in 2009, and was deployed to Afghanistan in June 2010. He was assigned to 4th Squadron, Stryker Calvary Regiment and served as a health care specialist and combat medic.
In an interview with KHTS-AM, Scott Basolo, Pastor of Santa Clarita Baptist Church, described the day he spent with the Acosta family the day they learned of Rudy’s death.
Basolo said about 100 people made their way to the Acosta home, offering condolences to the family.
Basolo described Acosta as, “a very amazing young man.”
“Rudy had such heart for our country, he wanted to be a medic, to help people, be out in the field with them and help share the Lord with them, in case they were out there and near the end of their lives,” Basolo told KHTS-AM.
Scheduled Sunday evening services at Santa Clarita Baptist Church were delayed shortly for a slideshow of Acosta and tributes from church leaders.
Information from KHTS-AM was used for this report.