JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The family of Gil "Isai" Morales Del Valle, a local soldier killed in Afghanistan Wednesday, welcomed us into their home during this extremely difficult time to honor the memory of the brave soldier. His family and stepfather, Renes Perez, want you to know the man behind the uniform.
He told us Isai walked into his life when he was just 4 years old and gave him more than he could've asked for - he gave him a son.
Perez and Isai's mother married in Puerto Rico. The family moved to Jacksonville when Isai was 8 years old. The mother and father sat down with us and shared his memories, showing us photos and scrapbooks made by Isai as he was growing up.
His mother showed us the card from the last gift he sent her - a big box of chocolates for her birthday.