WARWICK, NY (AP) — The brother of a New York native killed in Afghanistan says his sibling and another Marine were slain by an Afghan soldier they were training.
Philip Christian tells local media that his 39-year-old brother, Staff Sgt. Eric Christian of Warwick, and another Marine were training Afghan soldiers when one of them turned on the Americans and shot them during a patrol.
The Pentagon on Monday confirmed that Christian and 23-year-old Cpl. David Sonka of Parker, Colo., were killed Saturday during combat operations. They were members of a Marine Corps Special Operations Battalion based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Military officials haven’t released details, saying the deaths are being investigated.
Christian grew up in Poughkeepsie and graduated from high school in Ramsey, N.J. His mother lives in Warwick, on the New Jersey border.
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