A Marine from New York was killed in Afghanistan this week, the Pentagon announced.
Sgt. Nicholas J. Aleman, 24, of Brooklyn, died Dec. 5 during combat operations in Paktia province.
Aleman was assigned to the Deployment Processing Command-East, based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Governor David A. Paterson directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Friday, December 10.
"On behalf of all New Yorkers I want to express our sympathy and condolences to the friends, family and fellow Marines of Sergeant Aleman," Governor Paterson said. "This brave young man served our nation with pride and distinction, and we will honor his dedication and his memory."
The NY Post reported that Aleman grew up in a military family and was killed by a suicide bomber — ambushed while sleeping.
"His parents are devastated," said Maria Aleman, a grieving great-aunt.