CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks: Army Honor Guard members fold a flag from the coffin of Sgt. Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. outside the Scared Heart Church. Segura, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, was seving his second tour in Iraq.
Two U.S. Army soldiers with Clovis ties were killed during a three-week span while fighting the war on terrorism.
Sgt. Leroy Segura Jr., 23, died of injuries he received in a vehicle accident while serving in Habbaniyah, Iraq, in August.
Segura, a 2001 Clovis High School graduate, was in a Humvee that rolled while maneuvering over a river levee, according to officials with the public affairs office at Fort Benning, Ga.
Segura, who ran track and cross country at Clovis High, was serving his second tour in Iraq.
“You hate to see something like this,” Clovis High track coach Mike Hankins said. “When it’s one of our kids, it hits home a little bit harder. It just makes the reality of what goes on in the world a little closer to home. You get attached to a lot of the kids you coach — they become ‘our kids.’”
Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, 29, died near Larzab in Afghanistan’s Zabul province in August. He was killed when his platoon was attacked by small-arms fire while on patrol, according to an Army news release.
Kassin was shot twice and died from his wounds. He was assigned as an infantryman in the southern Afghanistan region, according to the Army’s news release.
Kassin attended junior high and high school in Clovis.
Those same subgroups performed below standard last year, leaving local educators frustrated with a system they say is skewed.
Despite making strides, six of 17 Clovis schools failed to meet No Child Left Behind math and reading standards in an assessment called Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP.
Seven schools failed to meet standards last year.
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