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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in honor of a Fort Knox soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Angel L. Lopez, 27, of Parma, Ohio, died Oct. 5, in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.  He was assigned to the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.

Funeral services for Spc. Lopez will be held on Oct. 16 at noon Eastern time at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Cleveland, Ohio.  Interment will immediately follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio.  Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.

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