LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — US Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez began his journey to the military at Logansport high school. Sanchez's service in the Marines was cut short last week, after he was killed in a bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The former Berry defensive back was honored with a ceremony and a moment of silence on Thursday night before Logansport's home matchup with Lafayette Jeff.
"I am so proud and I want everybody to remember that my kid was always looking for other people, especially for kids," shared his mother, Coral Briseño. "The last 10 days of his life [he] was saving people."
Sanchez was a 2017 graduate and a three-year member of the soccer team. His former teammates remember him as a fun-loving, energetic presence on the field. Off of the pitch, Sanchez took pride in his art.
"We went to school together since I think elementary," said former teammate Adrian Gazcon, who is now a professional artist in Kokomo. "We both went to Landis and we always had an art class together because he liked art. We would bond over art or on the soccer field. He was just always fun to be around."
Sanchez's former head coach Mike Turner is still coaching at Logansport. Turner is a US Army Veteran, who says he will carry Sanchez's sacrifice with him for the rest of his life.
"The world lost a good man," said Turner. "I hope those that he helped save never forget him and I hope the world understands it's a great loss."