Longinus – I suppose that he was now that you mention it:
Soldier who pierced the side of Jesus during the Crucifixion. Convert. Martyred by order of Pontius Pilate.
martyred in Cappadocia in the 1st century; relics in the church of Saint Augustine, Rome, Italy
soldier, often in a uniform contemporaneous with the artist, carrying a spear soldier at the foot of the cross
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. Now since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true; he knows that he is speaking the truth, so that you also may (come to) believe. For this happened so that the scripture passage might be fulfilled: “Not a bone of it will be broken.” And again another passage says: “They will look upon him whom they have pierced.”