Sunday tribute planned for slain Marine from Parker, Cpl. David Sonka

PARKER, Colo - U.S. Marine Cpl. David Sonka, of Parker, who was killed by an Afghanistan Army soldier he was training, will be remembered Sunday night outside Chaparral High School.

Phillip Christian told local media that his brother, Staff Sgt. Eric Christian, of Wariwck, NY, and Sonka were training Afghan soldiers on Saturday when one of them turned on the Americans and shot them during a patrol.

Christian, 32, and Sonka, 23, were killed along with Sonka' military working dog, Flex.

The Pentagon has confirmed the two marines were killed during combat operations, adding that the incident is under investigation. They were members of a Marine Corps Special Operations Battalion based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Sonka was a multi-purpose canine handler. He joined the Corps in August 2008, and moved into the Special Operations Command last year. He attended Military Police School in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. Upon graduation he attended the Military Working Dog Handler Basic Course in Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Sonka's personal decorations include a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and a Combat Action Ribbon.

The announcement on Facebook for the candle lighting in Sonka's memory says the event will take place at the flag pole outside Chaparral High School on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. It asks attendees to park in the sophomore, junior or senior parking lots or on the side streets.

-- See the Facebook posting: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/457219871027403/

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