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Texas Paper Learns Local Woman Died in 'Friendly Fire' Incident in Iraq

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Texas Paper Learns Local Woman Died in 'Friendly Fire' Incident in Iraq

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The first female from Southeast Texas to die in Iraq perished as the result of a friendly fire incident, a local newpaper reported. The Department of Defense announced the death today, saying it was still under investigation.

Spc. Kamisha Jane Block, 20, died last Thursday in what military officials formally called "a non-combat related incident." But her family told the Beaumont Enterprise that she died in a friendly fire incident.

"She was shot in the chest by friendly fire," her aunt, Kathy Byerley, told the newspaper. "They haven't told us anything else -- the rest is under investigation. We just want to know the truth about it."

Her body returned home today. She was just the 88th female military fatality in Iraq, or 2.2% of the total.

Block, a Vidor native, joined the military in July 2005 as a military police officer and was assigned to the 401st Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade since January 2007. …

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