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Man who died in flotilla raid ID'd as dual U.S.-Turkish citizen

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Furkan Dogan was born in Troy, New York
  • Dogan, 19, was living in Turkey
  • Turkish-U.S. national killed in Israeli raid on flotilla
  • State Department spokesman: U.S. is "looking into it"

(CNN) -- The dual Turkish-U.S. national who was killed in the Israeli flotilla raid has been identified by the State Department as 19-year-old Furkan Dogan. Dogan was born in Troy, New York, and had been living in Turkey.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Dogan sustained gunshot wounds and said the United States is in talks with the Israeli government about the circumstances of Dogan's death.

He would not answer questions about news reports that Dogan had been shot in the head.

"We are aggressively trying to understand what happened on that ship," Crowley said.

Crowley said U.S. consular officials were visiting hospitals and morgues and a consular official had viewed Dogan's body in Israel before it was returned to Turkey.

However, the official not realize at the time that he was a dual-American-Turkish national. Crowley said he would not comment on whether the FBI might be brought into an investigation.

Crowley said the U.S. has the option of its own investigation into Dogan's death. He said that the U.S. is "looking into it" and is in discussions with Israelis and "will let the facts govern our response."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said President Barack Obama and the U.S. government passed along condolences to the family and "our ambassador has been in touch with his father."

"This is extremely horrible news for them," Gibbs said.