A 22-year-old soldier from Mesa killed in action in Afghanistan, who was believed to be the first woman from the south East Valley to be killed in the Middle East conflicts, was laid to rest in the Mesa City Cemetery on Saturday.
Army Pfc. Barbara Vieyra died Sept. 18 from wounds she suffered while battling insurgents in Kunar Province after her unit was hit with an improvised explosive device and rocket propelled grenades, according to the Department of Defense.
Before the burial on Saturday, Vieyra’s family and friends memorialized her at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints’ Lehi Ward building in Mesa.
Vieyra, who was an expert marksman assigned to the 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade out of Fort Hood, Texas, was a 2006 graduate of Skyline High School in Mesa. Her battalion was deployed to Afghanistan in April, according to a family friend.
Vieyra is survived by her 3-year-old daughter, Evelyn; her parents, Raul and Elizabeth Vieyra; sister Lupe; brother Roberto; and grandparents Roberto and Leovigilda Vieyra.
A soldier from Mesa killed in action in Afghanistan has been laid to rest.
KTVK-TV reports Army Private 1st Class Barbara Vieyra was buried Saturday.
The 22-year-old was killed Sept. 18 when insurgents reportedly attacked her unit in Kunar Province.
Vieyra was memorialized by friends and family at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Mesa.
She leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter.