Fallen Soldier Made Honorary FSU Alumnus

Eighteen-year-old Andrew Aviles, an aspiring Florida State Seminole, was killed while crossing a bridge in Iraq, but Tuesday he will forever be remembered as an honorary FSU alumnus.

After graduating third from his high school in Tampa, Andrew Aviles was faced with a difficult decision. The marine lance corporal chose the fight for freedom. Sadly, he became one of the first casualties of the war in Iraq.

His mother, Norma, remembers when he attended orientation at GSU. Struck by enemy fire, Aviles never made it back to FSU, but three months later his family and friends made the journey for him.

Tuesday, FSU president T.K. Wetherell presented his mother and father with a first of its kind designation. With a full scholarship offered to Andrew, his father says his son would
Have, as always, made him proud.

Along with his parents, Andrew Aviles is survived by a sister and a younger brother, who will be a senior in high school. Tuesday, Dr. Wetherell offered Matthew Aviles a full scholarship to Florida State University.