He graduated from McCollum High School in San Antonio. Alex lived in Mathey College, and majored in molecular biology. His friends remember him seeing him at Chicano Caucus study breaks and the Third World Center, and describe him as being quiet, but kind and easy to talk to.
Alex served in Operation Enduring Freedom after 9/11, achieving the rank of captain and earning numerous medals before being discharged in 2004. He earned a masters degree in biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2010. His family remembers him for his bravery and patriotism.
Alex is survived by his mother, Gloria Lara Salazar; his brother, Daniel Lara Salazar Jr.; and his sisters, Rebecca Ann Lara Salazar and Corinna Lara Vela.