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May 04, 2006

Soldier killed 3 years after fiancee

They fell in love on the dusty battlefields of Iraq, promised to marry and dreamed of growing old together back home in their adopted country.

But they were star-crossed lovers destined to die in eerily similar insurgent attacks nearly three years apart.Army Sgt. Jose Gomez, 23, of Queens, was killed Friday after a roadside bomb struck his Humvee during a combat operation in Baghdad, Defense Department officials said.

His fiancée, Analaura Esparza Gutierrez, an Army private who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico as a child, met the same fate in October 2003 - just as Gomez was winding down his first tour of duty. [NY Daily News]

Via Iraq Coalition Casualties.


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