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Nebraska teen honors late father in senior pictures

Photographer Susanne Beckmann helped Julia Yllescas incorporate her late father in senior pictures.
Julia Yllesca had her senior photos edited to include her late father, who died in 2008 in Afghanistan. (Photo: Snapshots by Suz)

AURORA, Neb. (WTHR) — A Nebraska high school student is honoring her late father with her senior pictures.

Photographer Susanne Beckmann has been taking photos of Julia Yllescas since she was 9 years old.

Beckmann, a military wife herself, wanted to do something special with Julia's senior pictures to include her father. Army Captain Robert Yllescas was killed in Afghanistan in 2008 after stepping on a targeted IED, according to KOLN.

Beckmann was able to create "angel pictures" — one of Julia holding a folded American flag, another of her sitting with her father on a log, and a third of her holding onto her father.

Nebraska senior Julia Yllescas wanted to include her late father in her senior pictures. (Photo: Snapshots by Suz)

Captain Robert Yllescas lost his legs from the explosive device and was immediately sent to a German hospital. He was later flown to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland where he died a month later.

You can see more of Beckmann's photos at her Snapshots by Suz website.

The photos have been shared from the Snapshots by Suz Facebook page over 23,000 times.