VIRGINIA BEACH - Flag were flown at half-staff in Va. Beach and at the state Capitol Thursday in tribute to a Navy SEAL killed in a parachuting accident in Arizona last week.

Gov. Bob McDonnell ordered the U.S. and Virginia flags lowered from sunrise to sunset on April 4 in respect and memory of Special Warfare Operator Chief Brett D. Shadle.

The order also encouraged flags be flown at half-staff on local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in the City of Virginia Beach and in any other locality as deemed appropriate.

The 31-year-old, a member of SEAL Team 6, died Thursday when he and another SEAL collided in midair during free-fall training, the Navy said. The other servicemember was treated at the hospital.

Shadle was married and had two children, ages two and four.

The Navy continues to investigate the incident.

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