CT National Guardsman killed in Afghanistan

The News Leader

May 26, 2010 7:01:06 PM PDT
A member of the Connecticut National Guard has been killed in Afghanistan. Gov. M. Jodi Rell's office says 28-year old Staff Sgt. Edwin Rivera of Waterford died Tuesday night after being shot on May 20 in Afghanistan's Laghman Province.

Rivera was a member of the 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment, one of two Connecticut National Guard units that were deployed in the region late last year.

Gov. Rell ordered all state flags be flown at half staff until sundown on the day of Rivera's interment. Funeral arrangements were incomplete Wednesday.

Rell called Rivera's death heartbreaking and said it will add greater poignancy to Memorial Day observances this weekend.