It may be thousands of miles away, but the war in Afghanistan hit home again Monday.
Army Specialist Ian Gelig of Stevenson Ranch was killed by a roadside bomb in the war torn nation. Gelig, a 2002 Hart High School graduate, was killed while on patrol by a roadside bomb that exploded near the the vehicle he was riding in. No further details of the event were made public. He was stationed with the 82nd Airborne unit in Afghanistan.
According to Blue Star Mothers, a support group for families with children in the military, Gelig is the 11th soldier from Santa Clarita killed since 2002 in Iraq and Afghanistan. His unit will hold a memorial service in his honor.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released a statement Tuesday calling Gelig, “a dedicated soldier who served his country with honor and bravery.” Flags at the capitol will be flown at half staff in Spc. Gelig’s honor.
Gelig is survived by his parents Tim and Delia Gelig. When contacted by a staff member from The Signal, Tim Gelig said the family was grieving, but not ready to comment further.