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Family and friends of Samantha Martinez are uniting to raise money to help her family with funeral expenses.

Samantha Martinez Memorial Fund

19-year-old Samantha Martinez passed away Sunday, August 14, 2011. Samantha's family is surrounding themselves with faith as they remember her service to God and to our country.

"She could walk into a room and light up the whole room. She didn't have to say not one word she would light up the room, and a smile would make it even brighter," said Samantha's father Victor Aguilar.

"Her desire from the beginning was to enter the military," cried Melissa Aguilar, Samantha's mother. "Just the respect that a soldier gets and fight for our country that was her heart's desire."

Starting her military career at an early age, Samantha joined Lubbock High's Navy Junior ROTC program as a freshman and served our country in the U.S. Army until the day she died. Serving as a leader and a prime example of what a soldier should be, Samantha impacted lives across the U.S.

Her family says she was once a soldier for the U.S. Army but she is now a soldier for God. "That peace is what I will always carry with me. Faith is all we have to hold on to," said Melissa.

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