Mesa Marine killed in Afghanistan fighting

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Lance Cpl. Juan Lopez-Castaneda died during combat operations

PHOENIX -- A 19-year-old Marine from Mesa has been killed in Afghanistan.

The Marine Corps says Lance Cpl. Juan Lopez-Castaneda died along with a fellow Marine in combat in Helmand province last Thursday.

Lopez-Castillo was assigned to the 1st Marine Division's 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Also killed was 23-year-old Cpl. Anthony G. Mihalo, of Naperville, Ill. A third Marine died the same day in the same province. He was identified as 27-year-old Lance Cpl. Jacob J. Toves of Grover Beach, Calif. He was assigned to a combat engineer battalion based in Okinawa, Japan.

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