Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian and Cpl. David M. Sonka died on Saturday, May 4, in Bala Baluk, Farah Providence, Afghanistan. Both were members of 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Christian specialized in counterintelligence and human intelligence, and Sonka was a multi-purpose canine handler.
WARWICK, N.Y. (AP) — The brother of a New York native killed in Afghanistan says his sibling and another Marine were slain by an Afghan soldier they were training.
Philip Christian tells local media that his 39-year-old brother, Staff Sgt. Eric Christian of Warwick, and another Marine were training Afghan soldiers when one of them turned on the Americans and shot them during a patrol.