KIN WANT DETAILS OF IRAQ DEATH
By BRIGITTE WILLIAMS-JAMES and NEIL GRAVES
January 22, 2007 -- The family of a New York sailor fatally shot in the head in Iraq last week demanded yesterday to be told the circumstances of his mysterious death.
"I want to know exactly what happened," said Barbara Alomar, of upstate Livingston Manor, the mother of Pretty Officer Joseph Alomar. "And I'm not being given any answers right now."
The military has told the family of the 22-year-old sailor only that he died from a "non-combat related incident" on Thursday - a bullet wound to the head - at Camp Bucca, a prisoner detention center.
"The military told me he was shot in a fire zone, that he was not on duty," said his dad, Joseph Figueroa, 44, of Brooklyn.
Aileen Encarnaction of Queens, the sailor's stepmom, said, "I feel numb. It's like a nightmare."
Alomar and his wife, Jennifer, have a 4-year-old daughter, Jaleeha. He had been in the Navy three years and was due to finish his service in April.
His sister, Sabrina Figueroa, 15, said Alomar used to complain of homesickness, "but he never said he had any problems in Iraq."