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Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: January 13, 2020
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky,

Governor Northam Statement on Death of Staff Sergeant Ian McLaughlin

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement on the death of United States Army Staff Sergeant P. Ian McLaughlin of Newport News, Virginia.

“I am deeply saddened by the news that Staff Sergeant Ian P. McLaughlin, of Newport News, was killed January 11, 2020, along with Private First Class Miguel A. Villalon of Joliet, Illinois, when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

“Their loss is a reminder that our men and women in uniform across the globe continue to do dangerous work in pursuit of peace.

“Pam and I send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of these men, as well as to their fellow soldiers.

“I know I speak on behalf of all Virginians when I say that we are deeply grateful for their service and indebted to them for their sacrifice.”

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