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    Family seeks Purple Heart recognition for Pvt. William Andrew Long slain in Ark.

    2:49 PM, Jul 26, 2011   |    comments
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    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The family of a soldier killed outside a military recruiting station in Arkansas says he and a wounded comrade deserve the Purple Heart.

    Daris and Janet Long sent a hefty report to the Secretary of the Army's office and The Associated Press to explain why Pvt. William Andrew Long and Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula  merit the honor.

    Long died after a self-professed jihadist opened fire on them two years ago. Ezeagwula still has shrapnel in his body.

    The murder trial of Abdulhakim Muhammad, who confessed to shooting the soldiers, ended abruptly Monday with a plea deal under which Muhammad will spend the rest of his life in prison.

    One expert says without terrorism charges against Muhammad, the families have little chance at getting the soldiers awarded the Purple Heart.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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