Companion of Guardsman says death is end result of mistakes

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The companion of a Vermont National Guardsman killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan last year says his death was a terrible tragedy.

Rose Loving of Tunbridge says the death of Sergeant Tom Stone was the end result of a long series of mistakes by military commanders.

And she says the American who pulled the trigger on the machine gun that killed Stone and Canadian Army private Robert Costall was only partly to blame.

But Costall’s aunt, Colleen McBain of Thunder Bay, Ontario, says she’s disappointed no charges would be fired against the soldier who fired the fatal shots.

And McBain wants an apology from the U.S. military.

Stone and Costall were killed on March 29, 2006 during an early morning attack on their base in southern Afghanistan.

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