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Arizona soldier killed in Afghanistan

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PHOENIX (AP) -

A 30-year-old soldier from Arizona has been killed while serving in Afghanistan.

Gov. Jan Brewer's office says U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alejo Thompson was killed Friday in Parwan Province.

Based at Fort Carson, Colo., he was assigned to the A Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.
 
A native of Yuma, Thompson died of injuries sustained when his unit came under fire while on patrol.
 
Brewer issued a statement Sunday and asked that people hold Thompson's family in their hearts as they gather for Mother's Day.

She acknowledged that many Arizona families are incomplete as mothers, fathers, sons and daughters continue to serve in far-off places.

Brewer has ordered flags to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday in honor of Thompson.

He has been posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and is line for a Bronze Star, Army officials announced on Monday.

Thompson had deployed to Afghanistan in March. He also served in Iraq from March 2003 to February 2004.
 
He had joined the Army in September 2000.

The governor's office says funeral arrangements for Thompson are pending.

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