The flag at the Capitol in Sacramento was flown at half staff on Thursday in honor of a Northstate soldier who was killed on Tuesday in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense announced on Wednesday that Spc. Nicholas B. Burley, 22, of Red Bluff, died when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire.
He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
The following statement was released by Governor Jerry Brown's office regarding Burley's death:
"On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Spc. Nicholas B. Burley, who bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation. The Governor and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.
In memorial, Governor Brown ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol today. Spc. Burley’s family will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor."