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A photo montage plays at a Thursday memorial service for Spc. Ronnie V. Pasion, 23, who died last week in an incident on the German autobahn. Pasion was a vehicle maintenance operator for the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels.

A photo montage plays at a Thursday memorial service for Spc. Ronnie V. Pasion, 23, who died last week in an incident on the German autobahn. Pasion was a vehicle maintenance operator for the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels. (Steven Beardsley/Stars and Stripes)

HOHENFELS, Germany — Friends and colleagues of a soldier killed in on the autobahn last week gathered Thursday at the community theater here to remember him.

Spc. Ronnie V. Pasion, 23, of the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, died Oct. 18 in a “vehicle-related incident” off the A6 near Leuchtenberg, according to a spokesman for the JMRC, who declined to elaborate. A German newspaper reported a soldier was killed on the same date and location after being hit by a passing truck when he got out of his car on the autobahn shoulder.

Speakers on Thursday recalled a soldier who was bold, funny and kind. Capt. Enrique Enriquez of JMRC’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company recalled getting to know Pasion over a game of Texas hold’em poker, a passion shared by both men.

“He was aggressive, smart and cunning ... he reminded me of one of my buddies, and I liked him immediately,” Enriquez said.

Spc. Miguel Temores, a soldier in Pasion’s unit, the Rams Maintenance Support Team, remembered his friend stopping by Temores’ room on Thanksgiving, pulling him away from his Xbox and taking him to a holiday dinner.

“He was a great soldier and an excellent friend,” Temores said.

Pasion, of Torrance, Calif., served a 12-month tour in Iraq with the 233 Transportation Company out of Fort Knox from 2007 to 2008, and he joined JMRC as a vehicle maintainer in 2009. He was posthumously promoted to sergeant.

German police and the U.S. Army are investigating the circumstances of his death.


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