Saturday, February 13, 2016

From Philly to Iraq to Movie Star

Elliot Ruiz, 23, graduated from Edison High School in 2002, joined the Marines, was nearly killed during the Iraq invasion, and is now starring in a controversial new movie called "Battle For Haditha," a fictionalized account of an alleged Marine massacre of 24 Iraqi men, women and children. He recently returned to speak to students at Edison.

From Philly to Iraq to Movie Star

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Elliot Ruiz, 23, graduated from Edison High School in 2002, joined the Marines, was nearly killed during the Iraq invasion, and is now starring in a controversial new movie called "Battle For Haditha," a fictionalized account of an alleged Marine massacre of 24 Iraqi men, women and children. He recently returned to speak to students at Edison. He and his parents later discussed the movie in interviews. His father also explained how he got a tattoo that says, "Like Father, Like Son."

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Staff writer Robert Moran has been making videos for The Inquirer since late 2006. He was hired by the newspaper in 1992 and has covered crime, state government, and for two months in 2004, the war in Iraq. E-mail him at bmoran@phillynews.com. Reach Robert at rmoran@phillynews.com.

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