- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Flags on state government buildings across New York are being flown at half-staff in honor of an Air National Guard member from Long Island who was among the six U.S. troops killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed that flags on state properties be lowered Thursday to honor Staff Sgt. Louis Michael Bonacasa. The 31-year-old from Coram died of wounds suffered when his patrol was attacked Monday.

The five other Americans killed in the attack included Technical Sgt. Joseph Lemm of West Harrison in Westchester County. Lemm was a 15-year veteran of the New York Police Department. Flags were lowered in his honor Wednesday.

Bonacasa and Lemm were members of the 105th Security Forces Squadron, an element of the 105th Airlift Wing based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York.

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