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In memory of Army Sgt. Christopher Neil Gonzalez (KIA 5/14/07)

May 14

Soldier from Navajo Nation dies in Iraq (The Associated Press)

PHOENIX — A soldier from the Navajo Nation has died serving in Iraq, his family said May 15.

Army Sgt. Christopher Neil Gonzalez, 25, was killed May 14, though the Department of Defense has not confirmed or released details of his death.

Leonard Chee, a delegate to the Navajo Nation Council, said in a statement the entire Navajo community was in shock.

“This war has really hit home. Say a prayer for all our Navajo Native American soldiers who are in Iraq fighting,” Chee said.

According to Chee, Gonzalez was carrying out his second tour of duty in Iraq and left behind a wife and child.

Survivors include his mother, Judy Nez of Birdsprings, Ariz.

On Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley issued a proclamation in honor and in recognition of Sgt. Gonzalez.

Shirley also ordered flags on the Navajo Nation flown at half-staff from May 16 to May 20 in honor of Gonzalez.

Article for Navajo Hopi Observer 5/22/07


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