Cabezas said he was proud of the shine on his dress shoes, a spotless black sheen that took daily attention.
It was hard joining the Marines, Cabezas said. Coming from a close-knit family, it was tough to say good-bye.
“I’m not good at saying good-bye,” he said. “I had to keep my mother in the car because I couldn’t say good-bye.”
But Cabezas said he made fast friends and still keeps in touch with many from his early basic boot camp training.
Former teacher Karen Cawley recalled her former student as a bright boywho always wanted to read everything he could about the military and history.
“He just loved military books,” she said. “I kept pulling them out and he kept reading.”
Cawley said it’s enlightening for her as a longtime South School teacher to see one of her past students turn out so well.
“He is definitely a South School success story,” she said.