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DALLAS - The bloody revolution in Syria is a tragedy without a face.

We can see about 10 bullets in him, Rami Basatneh said after seeing a video of his cousin's corpse. We have no idea how many more are in his flesh and how many more were shot at him.

What happened to Alaa Jayroudi, 17, hit home for Basatneh, who lives in Dallas.

Jayroudi recently graduated high school in a suburb outside the Syrian capital of Damascus.

It turns out, he was valedictorian of his class, Basatneh added.

Alaa was a bright kid, living in one of Syria's darkest moments.

Last Friday, government soldiers tried to take his grandfather as they rounded up people at random in a neighborhood outside Damascus.

That's when Alaa came down and he knew that he couldn't possibly negotiate or convince them, so he just offered and said, 'Please take me instead,' Basatneh, 20, recounted after talking to loved ones overseas.

They were looking for human shields to use as around their tanks as they roamed the city and picked up the dead Republican Guard who were killed by the Free Syrian Army, he continued.

After soldiers collected their dead, Jayroudi's grandparents watched what happened next.

They asked the men to get off the trucks and the tanks and they lined them up against the wall and they emptied rounds of ammunition into them, Basatneh said.

The valedictorian was executed - one of 32,000 killed since the Syrian revolution began 18 months ago.

But unlike Egypt and Libya, the West isn't interested in Syria's revolution.

This administration is arguing - they don't argue it openly - but they don't need anymore trouble, said Dr. Allan Saxe, Political Science Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. And they may believe the Syrian government is going to fall anyway.

Not only would it be an unpopular move during an election year, Saxe added, but no one knows what kind of government would replace the Assad regime.

Jayroudi was buried in a public park this week, leaving loved ones from Dallas to Damascus recounting a life he never had a chance to live.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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