Lt. Col. Marshall A. Gutierrez

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A 41-year-old soldier from Las Vegas has died from non-combat related injuries in Kuwait, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday. Army Lt. Col. Marshall A. Gutierrez died Monday in Camp Virginia, Kuwait, marking the second death of a military member from Las Vegas in a week. Marine Lance Cpl. Shane P. Harris, 23, was killed Sunday during combat operations in Iraq's Al Anbar province. He was assigned to the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force based in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Gutierrez was assigned to the Area Support Group in Arijan, Kuwait. The Defense Department said Gutierrez's death is under investigation and provided no further details. Gutierrez is a 1983 graduate of West Las Vegas High School and a 1987 graduate of New Mexico Highlands University. He is the son of Mary E. Gutierrez of Las Vegas. Harris' battalion was scheduled to return to the United States this month, said Marine Corps spokesman Sgt. Chris Cox, who declined say how Harris was killed because of security reasons. Friends and family say Harris was a devote Christian with a strong work ethic and sense of patriotic duty. "He was a great man," said Harris' father, Pat. "He told his mamma, 'If I don't stand between, if I don't go over there and stand over there, they are going to be over here, and your grandbabies are not going to have the life I had.'" Pat Harris, his wife, Carol, and their four children _ Logan, Shane, Ryan and Tiffany _ moved to New Mexico from Texas in 1993, said Wayne Sonchar, a family friend who is serving as a spokesman. The family plans to bury Harris at its ranch in San Geronimo, a tiny rural village about 15 miles southwest of Las Vegas, Sonchar said. Sonchar said the Harrises don't know when a memorial service will be held. "They're not certain when the body will be stateside," he said. "They've been told it could take four to six weeks." ___ Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, www.sfnewmexican.com, Albuquerque Journal, www.abqjournal.com
Published online on Mar. 16, 2007
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