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U. S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Christopher Mohedano-Hernandez, 19, (hand raised), was legally adopted by his stepfather Luis Mohedano, seated third from left, on Dec. 24 in a ceremony presided over by Nassau County Surrogate Judge Edward W. McCarty III. Christopher was raised by Luis but because his biological father could not be found, he had to wait until he was a legal adult to consent to the adoption. He has been a Marine for one year and is stationed in California. Left to right seated are: Christopher, his attorney Benjamin Rosenberg; Luis; sister Kate Mohedano, age 8; and his mother Rosa Mohedano. Standing is a friend, U.S. Army Colonel Michael Wolk. The family is from Lawrence on Long Island.

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