It’s been two years since Michelle Murphy lost her son, but the tragic circumstances of his death have become no easier to bear.
Army Reserve Spc. Kendell K. Frederick, a native of Trinidad, was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq while off base to have
fingerprints taken for his U.S. citizenship application.
While fighting for a country that wasn’t yet his, Frederick – a 21-year-old from Randallstown – had spent a more than a year battling red tape to become a citizen, said his mother. That Frederick, who arrived in the United States at age 15, was immediately awarded citizenship posthumously only highlighted how simple the process could have been.
I can’t think of a more appropriate place to be on this Veterans Day than here at Baltimore Station,” Cardin said, and noted that he feels veterans have been shortchanged over the years. “We haven’t even done what we said we could do, and now we’re trying to the right thing.