ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gov.'s office says Lance Cpl. Emilian Sanchez of Santa Ana Pueblo died last weekend.
Marine Lance Cpl. Emilian Sanchez of Santa Ana Pueblo was killed in combat last weekend in Ar Rutbah, Iraq, Gov. Bill Richardson has confirmed, according to KOAT-TV and a story from The Associated Press on KOB-TV .
Sanchez was a member of the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion from San Antonio, Texas, Action 7 News reported.
Although Sanchez hasn't been listed as a casualty yet on the Department of Defense's Web site, Richardson made the announcement during a Capitol news conference just before noon today during which he called for a moment of silence, KOAT-TV reported.
Richardson had no details about the incident, but his office said New Mexico flags will be flown at half staff when Sanchez's funeral takes place, the AP reported.
Ar Rutbah is a city of about 25,000 people in the Anbar Province of western Iraq.