Family remembers Illinois soldier killed by friendly fire

Family remembers Illinois soldier killed by friendly fire

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FORT CARSON, CO - JUNE 15: A soldier salutes the flag during a welcome home ceremony for troops arriving from Afghanistan on June 15, 2011 to Fort Carson, Colorado. More than 500 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team returned home following a year of heavy fighting and high casualties in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 5:59 AM

MOKENA, Ill. (AP) -- Family members are remembering a 19-year-old Illinois soldier who was among five Americans killed this week in Afghanistan as a classy young man who dreamed of a career in the military or law enforcement.

A Pentagon spokesman says the five soldiers were killed Monday during a security operation in southern Afghanistan.

Family members identified one of the soldiers on Tuesday as Aaron Toppen. His uncle, Jack Winters, tells The Associated Press that Toppen, a recent high school graduate, was set to leave for Afghanistan in February but his father died that month. He was deployed in March.

Winters says the family is heartbroken. He spoke from the family home in Mokena, which is about 40 miles southwest of Chicago.

 

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