A 19-year-old Marine from Danville was killed in Afghanistan
Friday, the second Bay Area casualty of the war in the week.
Joshua Corral, a 2010 graduate of San Ramon Valley High School,
was killed in Afghanistan Friday afternoon, according to Councilman Mike Doyle. The Department of Defense has not yet released notification of Corral's death.
Corral played freshman football at the high school, and his death was announced to the crowd attending Friday night's home game against Castro Valley as well as at a tree lighting ceremony for Hospice of the East Bay.
"Everybody's devastated here because he was a nice, nice, nice,
nice boy," Doyle said Saturday when reached by phone.
Corral is the first SRVHS grad to die in combat during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and his death has devastated the town, Doyle told reporters.
Added Mayor Karen Stepper: "This tragedy will touch everyone who lives in our community. The strong graduates that come from our schools and enroll in the military give every moment of their young lives to fight for freedom for us and for those who need our leadership to reach for those values.
"We have no way to express in words the vacuum that has been left in Danville by the early death of such a brave warrior."
Another Bay Area soldier was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan.
Sean Walsh, a 21-year-old California National Guard soldier from
San Jose, was killed in Afghanistan's Khost Province, the Department of Defense announced Friday.
Walsh died from injuries suffered when he encountered indirect
fire during combat operations.
He is the second California National Guardsman to be killed in
action in Afghanistan.