Guardsman Killed in Carson City Posthumously Promoted

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email
One of the three guardsmen killed Tuesday when a gunman opened fire in a Carson City IHOP has been posthumously promoted.

Sgt. 1st Class Christian Riege

One of the three guardsmen killed Tuesday when a gunman opened fire in a Carson City IHOP has been posthumously promoted.

Sgt. 1st Class Christian Riege of Carson City died along with two fellow service members when Eduardo Sencion gunned down a local eatery with an automatic assault rifle.

Following his tragic death, the Nevada National Guard is promoting Riege to Master Sergeant (E-8) effective Sept. 6, 2011, the day he died.

Formerly Sgt. 1st Class Christian Riege, 38, was a fitness buff and father of four who served in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010;

Another service member that died that day is Major Heath Kelly, 35, of Reno, an avid student of military history who served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005.

The third service member was Sgt. 1st Class Miranda McElhiney, 31, who specialized in medicine and dentistry and loved bringing cupcakes to her co-workers.

Along witht he three service members killed that day was 67-year-old Florence Donovan-Gunderson.

Eleven people total were shot. Three victims were released from the hospital Wednesday and four more are still being treated for their wounds.

The gunman, Sencion, turned the gun on himself and later died from his injuries.


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