The Department of Defense said Sunday that four of five soldiers killed Thursday in south Baghdad called Southern California home.
The dead Southern California soldiers were Army Pfc. Cory F. Hiltz, 20, of La Verne.; Sgt. Shin W. Kim, 23, of Fullerton; Sgt. Michael J. Martinez, 24, of Chula Vista; and Sgt. Giann Carlo Joya Mendoza, 27, of North Hollywood. The fifth soldier, Spc. Dustin L. Workman II, 19, came from Greenwood, Neb.