By Robert Sippey, additional reporting by Gloria Locke
Santa Clarita streets were lined with people of all ages to pay respect to Spc. Rudy Acosta who was killed in Afghanistan on March 19th. Young and old, civilians and veterans, military hopefuls and military soldiers honored the Army medic with prayers, thank you signs, and waving flags.
“I enlisted two months ago,” said 22 year-old, Tyler Shefton, wearing his army shirt and clutching a military folded army flag. “Rudy’s friends and my friends all connected through football. I wanted to be here for Rudy.”
The Shefton family were among those honoring 19 year-old Rudy Acosta at Veteran’s Park along the funeral procession route.
Many others gave their condolences to the Acosta family during a prayer vigil and at the memorial service at Santa Clarita Baptist Church.
Among those in attendance were Congressman Howard McKeon and Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar. The church was packed to near capacity as teachers, friends, and family spoke of their time with Rudy.
Near the of the service, the crowd joined together to sing “Amazing Grace” to honor the fallen soldier.
Rudy was laid to rest at Eternal Valley after a memorial service at Santa Clarita Baptist Church.
He is survived by his mom and dad, younger sister and brother, grandparents, and many friends and extended family.
Rudy is a part of Santa Clarita history.