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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 729-03
October 03, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

            Pfc. Analaura Esparza Gutierrez, 21, of Houston, Texas, was killed on Oct. 1 in Tikrit, Iraq. Esparza Gutierrez was in a convoy that was hit by an improvised explosive device and rocket propelled grenades.   Esparza Gutierrez died of her injuries.

 

            Esparza Gutierrez was assigned to A Company, 4th Forward Support Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas.

 

            Spc. Simeon Hunte, 23, of Essex, N.J., was killed on Oct. 1 in Al Khadra, Iraq.   Hunte was on patrol when an Iraqi citizen approached and shot him.

 

            Hunte was assigned to 1st Battalion, 13th Armored Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

 

            These incidents are under investigation.