An 'apparent insider attack' in Afghanistan led to the death of Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate on July 7, the Department of Defense announced on Sunday.
Maciel was recognized as a part of Operation Freedom's Sentinel and perished due to injuries sustained during an apparent insider attack in Tarin Kowt District in Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan according to a press release issued by the Department of Defense.
The incident is considered to be under investigation.
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NBC4 spoke with the soldier's father, who said Maciel was 20 years old and died shielding his colleagues. Maciel's father said other soldiers were also injuried in the attack.
Maciel had been serving for two years with plans to renew his contract. He was also a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient.
Truly, America and South Gate lost a hero.