Army Veteran Slain in Sylmar Never Served in Afghanistan, Military Says

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An Army veteran who was gunned down in Sylmar at his homecoming party -- purportedly for his return from a tour in Afghanistan -- actually was never deployed overseas, a military official confirmed Wednesday.

Francisco Garcia, 21, never served in Afghanistan and was discharged from the U.S. Army in July, said Julie Halpin, a spokeswoman for Fort Drum in New York, where he was stationed.

Garcia enlisted in June 2012 and worked as a cannon crew member at Fort Drum, where he remained until his separation in July, Halpin said.

Los Angeles police had said that Garcia was shot and killed early Sunday outside a party celebrating his homecoming from a tour to Afghanistan.

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