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Governor Ducey orders flags at half-staff for fallen Tucson soldier

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Posted at 11:35 AM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-05 14:47:54-04

Arizona Governor Ducey has ordered flags be flown at half-staff for a fallen Tucson soldier.

Today, all state flags are at half-staff in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Emil Rivera-Lopez. At just 31 years old, Staff Sgt. Rivera-Lopez served more than 11 years in the military, where he dedicated himself to defending our country and its freedoms. Arizona is eternally grateful for Staff Sgt. Rivera-Lopez’s service. Our state mourns with his family, and sends our prayers and deepest condolences.
 
Army Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez had been missing since August 25 and is presumed dead according to the Defense Department. He went missing off the coast of Yemen after a Black Hawk helicopter crash.
 
Rivera-Lopez was assigned to the elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, according to a press release.