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New York flags lowered in memory of Marines killed in Afghanistan

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 11, 2019 4:49 AM
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A man brings flowers to a firehouse in the Bronx borough of New York, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Christopher Slutman, a 15-year FDNY member, was among three American service members killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Monday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(New York) -- New York Governor  Andrew Cuomo has ordered flags lowered to half-staff in memory of two Marine Corps reservists from New York who were killed in Afghanistan.

Corporal Robert A. Hendriks and Staff Sergeant Christopher Slutman died in a roadside bomb Monday along with Sergeant Benjamin S. Hines, of York.

Slutman grew up in Maryland and lived in Delaware and New York. His parents live in Lower Windsor Township, York County.

He was a 15-year member of the Fire Department of New York.

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These images provided by the U.S. Marine Corps show, from left, Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pa., Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, of Newark, Del., and Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, N.Y. All three were killed on Monday, April 8, 2019, when a roadside bomb hit their convoy near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. (U.S> Marine Corps via AP)

Hendriks' aunt tells Newsday that the resident of Long Island's Locust Valley was a sweet, kind and loving young man.

Lorraine Caliendo says Hendriks' brother Joseph, also a Marine, had just started a tour in Afghanistan but instead will be escorting his coffin back home.

Caliendo says both brothers hoped to become police officers after their military service.

She calls Robert's death a "horrible, horrible thing."

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