Governor orders flags lowered for NC soldier killed in Syria

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered that all U.S. and North Carolina flags at state facilities be lowered to half-staff in honor of a 22-year-old soldier who died in Syria.

Cooper ordered the flags be flown at half-staff starting Monday in honor of Spc. Antonio Moore of Wilmington.

The Defense Department says he died Friday while conducting route-clearing operations in Syria. Moore was assigned to the 363rd Engineer Battalion, 411th Engineer Brigade, based in Knightdale.

Flags are to remain at half-staff through sunset on Feb. 2. Other groups are encouraged to fly flags at half-staff as a show of respect.