Gebrah Noonan (Photo courtesy: Facebook.com)
Updated: Thursday, 30 Sep 2010, 5:24 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 30 Sep 2010, 5:02 PM EDT
Watertown, Conn. (WTNH) - Funeral services have been announced for Pfc. Gebrah Noonan, a soldier from Watertown who was allegedly killed by a fellow soldier in Iraq.
Pfc. Noonan, 26, was a graduate of Watertown High School. He died September 24 in Fallujah, Iraq following a non-combat incident on September 23.
CNN reports that Noonan and three other soldiers got in an argument. That's when Spc. Neftaly Platero allegedly pulled out his gun, shooting and killing Pfc. Noonan and Spc. John Carrillo Jr. of California. A third soldier was also injured. The Army says they are still investigating the incident.
Gebrah's body will landing at Bradley International Airport on Friday and will be transported by a full escort to the Chase Parkway Memorial Home in Waterbury. Calling hours will be October 4th from 3-8pm with a memorial service on October 5th from 10-11:30am at the same location.
Noonan's mother, Ling Noonan, released a statement thanking the community for all the support, as well as Gov. Rell, Sec. Bysiewicz, Attorney General Blumenthal, and Sen. Dodd and other local politicians for their condolences. But Ms. Noonan says she was disappointed in Sen. Joe Lieberman's response. Gebrah was Jewish and she stated frankly, "from a fellow Jew we expected more."
A spokesperson for Sen. Lieberman said in a statement that, "Senator Lieberman's policy is to always contact the families of Connecticut's fallen heroes. In this case, unfortunately, the Senator was unable to reach out during the time he was told the family was accepting calls. Senator Lieberman is profoundly saddened by the loss of Gebrah Noonan and his thoughts and prayers are with the Noonan family."