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Rep. Chu Responds to Death of Covina Marine

August 6, 2012
Press Release

El Monte, CA – On Wednesday, August 1, Marine Lance Cpl. Curtis Duarte of Covina, California, died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32) released the following statement in response to the tragic news:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Lance Cpl. Duarte as they face this heartbreaking news.  Curtis Duarte attended high school at Covina High and was a member of our community – someone driven to better himself through education and better his country through service.  Our country is safer because of his sacrifice, and nobody can take that away.  After the death of my nephew in Afghanistan last year, I know the pain of losing a loved one overseas.  In the difficult days ahead, my heart goes out to Curtis’ family and friends.”