Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered flags lowered to half-staff in memory of two Marine Corps reservists from New York who were killed in Afghanistan.
Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks and Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman were killed by a roadside bomb Monday along with Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, of York, Pennsylvania.
Slutman was a 15-year member of the Fire Department of New York.
Hendriks’ aunt tells Newsday that the resident of Long Island’s Locust Valley was a sweet, kind and loving young man.
Lorraine Caliendo says Hendriks’ brother Joseph, also a Marine, had just started a tour in Afghanistan but instead will be escorting his coffin back home.
Caliendo says both brothers hoped to become police officers after their military service.
She calls Robert’s death a “horrible, horrible thing.”