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Tucson soldier killed in Afghanistan

  • Martin Lugo
    Martin Lugo

Sgt. Martin Lugo, 24, died Thursday in Puli Alam, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked by insurgents, the Department of Defense announced Friday morning.

The Army Ranger died from wounds sustained after the attack with small arms fire, DOD said.

Lugo graduated from Tucson High Magnet School in 2004. He had re-enlisted in the Army in February.

His mother, Maria Marin, is the principal of John B. Wright Elementary School, 4311 E. Linden St.

Lugo was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, based at Hunter Army Air Field, Ga.

Lugo is the 47th member of the military with Southern Arizona ties to die in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Spc. Christopher Moon died in July after stepping on a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Spc. Christian M. Adams, 26, a soldier from Sierra Vista, died in Kandahar of wounds from a non-combat incident in June.

Tech. Sgt. Michael P. Flores, 32, and Airman Benjamin D. White, 24, were killed when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan the same month. The two were both pararescuemen assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

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