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Gazette Premium Content Flags fly at half-staff for 2 soldiers; Springs sergeant's services are Friday

Staff reports Updated: July 29, 2011 at 12:00 am

Gov. John Hickenlooper has ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide Friday in honor of Sgt. Mark Cofield, who died earlier this month in Baghdad, Iraq, and Anthony Silva, who was about to be discharged when he was gunned down in Denver on Saturday.

Cofield, 25, of Colorado Springs, died July 17 of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Cofield’s family lives in Colorado Springs. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday at Soldier’s Memorial Chapel at Fort Carson.

Services will be Saturday for Silva, 25, of Columbia, Ill., who was shot to death in Denver outside his motel.

He was about to be discharged from the Army and was waiting to meet his father so they could drive back to his hometown.

Silva served in Korea but his mother said a back injury kept him from being sent to Afghanistan.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia.

A $2,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest of his assailant.

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