Thursday, July 27, 2006

Double tragedy

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A Texas family that had already paid a hefty price in the war on terror is in mourning again.

Two years after a son was killed in Iraq, their only other son has died in Afghanistan. '

Corporal Jose Velez was killed in 2004 when his unit came under fire in Fallujah. At that point, his brother, Army Specialist Andrew Velez, was given the option of not having to return to combat. But his father says he wanted to.

This week, the family learned Andrew was killed. Their father says that while he feels like his heart has been "pulled out," he adds that he can't be angry.

Andrew Velez leaves a wife and three children, ages two, three and five.


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