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Military identifies 2 killed in Afghanistan

Tuesday - 8/21/2012, 5:52am  ET

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Military officials say two people killed in Farah province in Afghanistan were from Virginia and Colorado.

The Department of Defense said Monday that Staff Sgt. Gregory T. Copes, of Lynch Station, Va., and Hospital Corpsman Petty Officer 1st Class Darrel L. Enos, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Friday. Both were 36.

They were assigned to 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Enos joined the Navy in 1995 and joined the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, or MARSOC, in 2007. Copes joined the Marines Corps in 2003 and joined MARSOC in 2008. Both also had served in Iraq.

The Defense Department didn't immediately release details of their deaths.

However, officials in Afghanistan have said two Americans were killed Friday when a new Afghan Local Police recruit opened fire on U.S. soldiers.

Enos died about one week before he was due to go back home, Colorado Springs television station KKTV reported. His mother, Patricia Loren, said he was proud of serving his country.

"I just hate that he's gone. I never thought it would happen to Darrel," his twin brother, Dale Enos, told KKTV.

"Darrel always loved to help people. That's what he thought he was doing over there," Dale Enos said.

WSET-TV reported that Copes also was due home soon. His family described him as an avid outdoorsman who loved music and sports. His survivors include his wife and four kids, WSET reported.


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