Valley Marine Killed in Afghanistan

October 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Lance Corporal Alfonso Ochoa Junior died after stepping on an improvised explosive device last week in the "Farah" Province.                  |   Watch Video Above for Extended Coverage   |

The 20-year old grew up in Armona, outside Hanford. He attended Hanford West High School a couple years ago, before leaving early to join the military.

Those who knew Ochoa say he was a determined and respectful student ... and were saddened his life ended so short.

Ochoa's parents and wife are currently in Delaware making arrangements to bring back his body.

Governor Schwarzenegger has ordered flags at the state capitol to be flown at half staff in Ochoa's honor.

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