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Murrieta Soldier Killed In Possible Afghan Insider Attack

Army Sgt. Clinton Ruiz and son Caleb
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Above: Army Sgt. Clinton Ruiz and son Caleb

Army Sgt. Clinton Ruiz, a Murrieta High School graduate, was one of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan on October 25 in a possible insider attack.

The Department of Defense reports both Staff Sgt. Kashif M. Memon, 31, of Houston, Texas and Ruiz, 22, died when their unit was attacked by small arms fire.

U.S. Forces in Afghanistan spokeswoman Maj. Lori Hodge told the Associated Press that authorities are investigating the shooting that killed Ruiz and Memon as a possible insider attack:

[A]uthorities were trying to determine whether the attacker was an Afghan security forces member or an insurgent disguised in a government uniform.

Ruiz was assigned to the 9th Military Information Support Battalion (Airborne), 8th Military Information Support Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Ruiz leaves behind a wife, Kira, and a one-year-old son, Caleb. Poway Patch reports family members have set up a trust fund account in Caleb's name. For information on the account, click here.

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