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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 241-03
April 14, 2003

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT IDENTIFIES ARMY CASUALTY

The Department of Defense announced today that Spc. Gil Mercado, 25, of Paterson, N.J., was killed yesterday by a non-combat weapon discharge in Iraq.

Mercado was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, based at Fort Campbell, Ky.

His death is under investigation.