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High school student honors her soldier father with 'angel-photo'

20 Aug 2019 Daily Mail Online

A Nebraska teenager who was just a child when her father was killed in Afghanistan has found a touching and innovative way to honor him at her high school graduation.

Julia Yllescas, a senior at Aurora High School, sent a series of graduation photos to a photographer on Saturday to create an 'angel picture' of her and her father, the late Army Captain Robert Yllescas. 

The touching photographs show Yllescas with a faint shadow version of her father sitting down next to her on a bench and also standing next to her while she holds an American flag.   

A Nebraska teenager who was just a child when her father was killed in Afghanistan has found a touching and innovative way to honor him at her high school graduation

Julia Yllescas, a senior at Aurora High School, sent a series of graduation photos to a photographer on Saturday to create an 'angel picture' of her and her father, the late Army Captain Robert Yllescas

Yllescas was killed by an IED while on patrol in 2008 and was buried in his hometown of Nebraska.   

'Why it has hit my heart so hard is that I almost felt when I saw those pictures that he truly was there,' the teen told KOLN-TV

'And to have a piece of him with me throughout my senior year. Because sometimes it feels like where are you, why did you have to go?'

The touching photographs show Yllescas with a faint shadow version of her father sitting down next to her on a bench and also standing next to her while she holds an American flag

Yllescas was killed by an IED while on patrol in 2008 and was buried in his hometown of Nebraska

Photographer Susanne Beckmann, a military wife who's known the Yllescas family for many years, said she shed a tear editing the photos. 

'All I could think in my head is I don't ever want to have to do this for my own kids,' she said.

'Just to have that on my wall and be like no, he is with me, even though I can't physically see him,' said Yllescas.

Original Link: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7377583/Teen-honors-father-killed-Afghanistan-special-graduation-photos.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490

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