How Four Families Bore the News

Grief and anger cloud their loving memories of the victims

For most Americans, the horrifying thing about the news from Lebanon was the number of Marines lost, the gross body count. But for more than 200 sets of loved ones, the Beirut explosion was only incidentally a massacre; for them, one particular casualty—the son, husband, brother, buddy—made the week's bad news an ordeal. The families and friends of four victims spoke with TIME last week.

Private First Class Alejandro (Alex) Muñoz was going to be home in New Mexico for Christmas. After the Sunday bomb...

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