Dec. 26, 2011. Jamaica Plain, Mass. Carlos Arredondo views his son Brian for the first time since his death. Brian had been the sole surviving son of Arredondo, a war activist who had lost his first-born son, Alex, in the Iraq war in 2004. Brian, 24, took his own life on Dec. 19, 2011, the day after the announcement of the official end of the Iraq war.