Sister of slain soldier: ISIS threats 'ridiculous'
Woman whose brother was killed in action wants to help others like her
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Local and federal law enforcement are on high alert after the terrorist organization ISIS released an alleged "kill list" that included American armed forces members in Northeast Florida.
The list contains the names of people involved in attacks in the Middle East and elsewhere who now live in St. Johns, Clay and Flagler counties.
Pfc. Gil Morales Del Valle was only 21 years old when he was killed by an enemy bomb. His little sister, Kiara Perez, is now hearing about the threats against American service members, and she said it's scary.
"When I found out that he passed away, when the military officers came to my house -- Oh, my God, it was -- I still feel like it was yesterday," Perez said.
The past four years have not been easy for Perez. In 2011, she lost her only brother and best friend when he was killed in Afghanistan.
"With time, I am doing better," Perez said. "But you know, every now and then I still have my days -- just living one day at a time."
This week, Perez found out about the latest attack on American troops -- an apparent hit list from the terrorist group ISIS.
"I think it is absolutely ridiculous," Perez said. "It's crazy. It's scary, and I feel like we definitely should do something about it."
Perez (pictured) knows the pain of losing a loved one firsthand, having to bury her older brother, and she doesn't want to see enemies take any more heroes.
"This should not happen," Perez said. "Because once you're home with the families, they should be safe with their families."
Perez believes there isn't enough help for people like her -- siblings who've lost loved ones in battle. Her new mission is to start a local organization, a charity, so relatives of those killed in action can better support each other.
"I just wanted to see if there was a way that I could start something to help other people -- no matter how old they are, no matter how long it has been -- that have faced the same struggle that I did," Perez said.
Perez is in school right now, but she is really passionate about helping others and starting the organization. Anyone who would like to get involved can send and email to Kiara.email@example.com.
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