DENVER - Flags are being flown at half-staff on all public buildings in Colorado today, to honor a Colorado National guardsman killed in Afghanistan.
Army Staff Sgt. Liam Nevins was training Afghan soldiers Sept. 21 in Paktia Province when he and two other guardsmen were shot and killed.
A private funeral for Nevins is also today.
Nevins enlisted in the Army during High School in Vermont. He deployed three times to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
After leaving active service, Nevins attended Metropolitan State College in Denver. After three years, he joined the Colorado Army National Guard.
Over the years, Nevins earned many commendations including a Purple Heart with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.
Nevins is survived by his mother, his father, two sisters, and his fiancé.
"We are eternally indebted to Staff Sgt. Liam Nevins for his service and commitment to our country and to the Colorado Army National Guard," Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a written statement. "His life was cut short, along with two of his fellow soldiers, during his fourth deployment in the defense of our nation. He was a true American hero. Sgt. Nevins' family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers as we join the nation in mourning his death."