The news of U.S. Marine Jose Garibay’s death on the battlefield in
Iraq brought the war to the heart of our community, beyond our TV
screens where images of war mimic a hybrid of video games and a
reality TV show gone haywire.
Being able to meet the family and witness the unselfish love and
support they received from the community made me realize that
regardless of race, religion or political opinion, the people of
Newport-Mesa could come together and unite as one. Like a large
family sharing the grief of losing a loved one.
I hope the Garibay family understood why we, the media, had to
follow their story. I hope they understood that we didn’t want to
invade their privacy, but rather use our words and images to help
their neighbors and their community learn more about an American
hero. He died serving this country, protecting our freedom, so we can
live in a peaceful environment. An environment far removed from the
war-torn battlefield where he gave his life.
-Sean Hiller, Daily Pilot photographer