Soldier from Yuma killed in Afghanistan

Posted: Updated:
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

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.

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