- 22 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 23, 1988
- Date of passing: Jul 10, 2011
|Let the memory of Rafael be with us forever|
Spc. Rafael A. Nieves Jr., 22, of Albany, N.Y., died July 10 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. Rafael aka: 'King Joker', formerly of Jersey City and Albany, was killed on active duty while serving his country in the United States Army in the Paktika province of Afghanistan on Sunday, July 10, 2011. He was an infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Besides his passion for serving in the army, Rafael also was an avid Harry Potter fan and enjoyed reading and video games, he was respectful, friendly, and always had a great big smile and cherished true friendship deeply. Rafael was the beloved husband of Sarah A. (McKinney) Nieves; dear son to Rafael A. Nieves Sr., and Tina Roman and his stepfather Thomas Priolo; loving father to Rafael A. Nieves III (Tres), and Emma Grace Nieves; beloved brother to Matthew Nieves, Angel Santiago, Ashleymarie Santiago, and Life Nieves; stepbrother to Ky Bowen, as well as his grandmothers, Priscilla and Haydee. He also was survived by many aunts, uncles and 20 cousins and many, many friends.
"Your smile needless to say could light up a whole room! Your love could fill the most bitter hearted people. Your friendship could make a persons soul complete! You are forever my hero and forever missed! Love you forever and a day xoxo"
"Love and miss you every day!"
"Missing you everyday. And so proud when I talk about you ! R.I.P"
"Miss you everyday wishing we had more time together. So proud of you."
"I miss you son so much, wish I could see you, hear your voice & hold you again"
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