A Colorado man is among the two soldiers killed in an attack in Iraq July 7.
Twenty-four-year-old Spc. Nathan Beyers of Littleton, Colo. and 20-year-old Spc. Nicholas Newby of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho were killed Thursday when insurgents attacked their convoy in Baghdad with an IED.
Both men were assigned to the 116th Calvary Heavy Brigade Combat Team, based in Post Falls, Idaho.
Beyers leaves behind a wife, Vanessa, and an infant daughter born on Veterans Day in 2010. In a statement, Vanessa Beyers said:
“Nathan was proud of his job and serving our country. He died doing something he loved and was such a brave person. We just had our first child and Nathan had a chance to visit us when he was home on leave in January. I told him I knew he was going to be a wonderful father. We are going to miss him.”
SSG Jason Rzepa, also assigned to the 116th CBCT, sustained a serious leg injury in the attack. He has been transported to Germany for treatment.
The 116th CBCT is currently in the middle of a year-long deployment.
The Department of Defense has not released any additional information at this time.