Oak Ridge soldier killed in Afghanistan

Oak Ridge soldier killed in Afghanistan

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Chris Ward (Source: Facebook) Chris Ward (Source: Facebook)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WATE) - A soldier from Oak Ridge has been killed in Afghanistan, U.S. Department of Defense officials said Monday.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Ward, 24, died over the weekend while in combat.

There were two suicide bomb attacks over the weekend that took the lives of several American civilians and members of military, including a 25-year-old American diplomat.

The Department of Defense would not release details to 6 News about the nature of Ward's death.

Sgt. Ward joined the Army in 2005 after graduating from Oak Ridge High School, according to ORHS.

The Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Public Affairs Office said Ward's family has been notified, but no additional information was given.

His body arrived at Dover Air Force Base on Monday afternoon.

Suzanne Booher told 6 News she was Ward's former employer at KFC in Oak Ridge and described Ward as a hard-working young man with great leadership skills.

"I was devastated when I heard the news," Booher wrote on Facebook. "He was so kind hearted, always making jokes so others would laugh. I'm glad I was given the opportunity to know a real hero."

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