Nevada Guard Pays Tribute to Slain Comrades

By: Assoicated Press Email
By: Assoicated Press Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Members of the Nevada National Guard are holding a private memorial in Carson City to remember three of their colleagues killed in the worst mass shooting in the capital city's history.

Maj. Heath Kelly, Sgt. 1st Class Miranda McElhiney and Sgt. 1st Class Christian Riege, promoted to the rank of master sergeant posthumously, were among four killed Tuesday when 32-year-old Eduardo Sencion (SEHN'-see-ohn) stormed the IHOP restaurant with an assault rifle, shooting 11 people. Sencion then killed himself in
the parking lot, ending the eight-minute rampage.

The loss of the guardsmen, gunned down while having breakfast, took an emotional toll on Nevada's tight knit military community who have seen thousands of soldiers and airmen deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in the past decade.

Three Nevada guardsmen have died in combat.


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