Insurgent Who Killed Yuma Native Is Dead

Insurgent Who Killed Yuma Native Is Dead


YUMA – (KSWT News 13) - An Afghan soldier who killed a U.S. soldier from Yuma last year, as part of an insider attack,  has been killed in an air strike. A U.S. led international coalition targeted the insurgent along with other members of the Taliban.

A plaque in the Yuma Armed Forces Park bears his name. Alejo Thompson, 30, a Yuma native was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was killed last May in Afghanistan, betrayed by an Afghan soldier.

Today, the U.S. announced Thompson's killer was assassinated in an air strike.

"It makes me feel real good that they did get the man that did it," says  Mike Cockle, a retired Staff Sergeant from the United States Marine Corps.

Cockle says news of the air strike assassination also sends a message to the Taliban.

"It basically tells the Taliban they're not gonna get away with that they're gonna do," says Cockle.

And it sends a different message, perhaps, to Thompson's family.

"Now that they actually got the man that did it, I think they could have a little peace," says Cockle.

Cockle says the news may also help bring closure to the Thompson family. First Lieutenant Thompson was survived by his parents, his wife and two children.

"It tells the family that we can and we will get whoever is making a threat on us, as the United States," says Cockle.

That's why the man responsible for Thompson's death, won't be adding any more plaques to the sacred walls of the Yuma Armed Forces Park.

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