Texoma is mourning the loss of a Wichita Falls native killed in Afghanistan. Private First Class Alexis V. Maldonado, 20, died August 21 at Kandahar Air Field. Officials said he died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked Maldonado's unit using small arms fire. Maldonado's unit was attacked in Zhari province. Maldonado was assigned to the 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade out of Fort Hood, Texas.
Maldonado has a two year old son. He spent his high school years at Rider High School and Harrell Accelerated Learning Center before obtaining his GED. He enlisted in the United States Army on October 3, 2009. He was sent to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri for training and was then assigned to Fort Hood. Maldonado deployed to Afghanistan on January 23. Alexis received a purple heart among other awards and decorations. He is now one of more than 1,200 soldiers who have died in combat in Afghanistan.