Parker Marine killed in Afghanistan, DOD says

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Cpl. David M. Sonka. (Photo: DOD)

DENVER — A Marine from Parker was killed while serving in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said Monday.

Cpl. David M. Sonka, 23, died May 4 while in Farah province along with Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian, 39, of Warwick, N.Y. The circumstances around their death are still being investigated.

The Marine Corps Times reported the International Security Assistance Force said Saturday that Sonka was killed when an Afghan soldier turned his weapon against them.

Both were assigned to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Soka’s cousin, Chad Sonka, wrote on Twitter that Sonka was “a great man.”

“You’ll be missed David. You’re a hero to me!,” Chad Sonka said.

David Sonka joined the Marine Corps in August 2008.  He was a highly trained K9 officer who worked for special operations, a Marines spokesman said. His K9, Flex, was also killed.

He is the second Coloradoan killed in as many days. Air Force Capt. Mark T. Voss of Colorado Springs was among three killed when an aerial refueling tanker crashed Friday in Kyrgyzstan.

Two soldiers from Fort Carson died in Kuwait after a vehicle they were riding in crashed.