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Flags lowered in memory of Marines killed in Afghanistan

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.

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

Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks and Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman were killed by a roadside bomb Monday along with Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, of York, Pennsylvania.

Slutman grew up in Maryland and lived in Delaware and New York. He was a 15-year member of the Fire Department of New York.

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.

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

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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