Navy SEAL veteran killed in action in Afghanistan


A Virginia community is paying tribute to a former Navy SEAL who was recently killed in Afghanistan.

Brian Hoke, a 1996 Naval Academy graduate, grew up in South Dakota but eventually moved with his wife and three children to northern Virginia.

He was killed while in Afghanistan, at age 42, but no details were released about the exact cause of  death.

Hoke was killed last month on October 21, 2016. NBC4 reports that Hoke left the military in 2002 and went on to work for the State Dept., “with many overseas deployments.”

According to the Loudoun Times, it wasn’t clear whether Hoke was working as a SEAL in Afghanistan or in another capacity.

Members of his community in Leesburg’s Oakcrest neighborhood lined the streets with flags and posted fliers in Hoke’s honor.

The note left alongside each flag read: “As we give his family time to grieve and come to grips of the situation, we thought it would be a kind gesture if the neighborhood could pay tribute and honor Brian and his family by displaying the American flag.”

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