- The Washington Times - Monday, November 22, 2004

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marine Lance Cpl. Shane Kielion was killed in action in Iraq not knowing that his first child had been born just hours earlier.

April Kielion, the Marine’s widow and high school sweetheart, gave birth to a boy here Nov. 15. The baby was named Shane Kielion Jr., said Mrs. Kielion’s father, Don Armstrong. He said his daughter was “doing as well as to be expected under the pressure.”

Shane Kielion, a rifleman in the 1st Marine Division of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, was killed Nov. 15 in Al Anbar province, the military said. The Anbar province includes Fallujah — which American forces now control after a lengthy offensive — as well as other guerrilla strongholds.

Cpl. Kielion joined the Marines on Dec. 3, 2002, and this was his second tour in Iraq. He had last seen his family in August.

Meanwhile, in York, Pa., a Marine serving in a war zone in Iraq rushed back home to be with his pregnant wife Friday after she was wounded in an apparent random shooting in a supermarket parking lot.

Lance Cpl. Justin Cook, 23, was pulled from his combat unit in Fallujah on Nov. 15, and was told that his wife, Julia, 21, had been shot in the head. She is due to deliver the couple’s son in February. Cpl. Cook said his mind raced at the news — “a whole whirlwind of emotions, from anger [to] fear.”

The Marine was at his wife’s bedside Friday in the York Hospital intensive care unit, where a nursing supervisor said Mrs. Cook was in serious condition.

Authorities said Mrs. Cook, while awaiting the birth of her son, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She had been visiting high school friends Nov. 14 when someone opened fire with a shotgun, then drove away.

Noel Gomez, 19, arrested six hours later, told detectives he decided ahead of time about a location where he wanted to kill someone, according to his arrest affidavit.

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