Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of South Gate Soldier
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of Spc. Luis G. Ayala of South Gate, CA:
"Every time we lose a member of our armed forces we are reminded of the courageous service and sacrifices that our servicemen and women make for our country and our freedoms. Maria and I send our condolences to Luis' family and friends. He will be remembered for his commitment to bravely defending this nation."
Ayala, 21, died Dec. 28 as a result of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit while on combat patrol in Taji, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.
In honor of Spc. Ayala, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.