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State flags at half-staff this weekend to honor Fort Hood victim

Flags on state buildings across Minnesota will be at half-staff through Monday to honor U.S. Army Pfc. Kham Xiong, who was killed in the Nov. 5 Fort Hood shootings.

Xiong was born in Thailand but moved to St. Paul, where he graduated from Community of Peace Academy in 2004.

With a brother already stationed in Afghanistan, Xiong was stationed at Fort Hood preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is the suspect in the Fort Hood shooting spree that left 13, including Xiong, dead, and dozens injured.

In a proclamation ordering the half-staff flags, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said:

The State of Minnesota recognizes Private First Class Kham Xiong for his dedicated service to and sacrifice for the people of this country with our deepest gratitude, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and community.

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