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Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo Young remembered as hero

A soldier from Rosston, Arkansas was killed in the line of duty Wednesday.
A soldier from Rosston, Arkansas was killed in the line of duty Wednesday.

34-year-old Sergeant 1st Class, Ricardo Young, was serving in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked.

Rosston, Arkansas is a very small community, so news of Young's passing has hit hard in this town.

Sgt. Young first joined the army September 17th, 1997.

He started as an infantryman in Ft. Benning, Georgia, then reported to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky for his first assignment.

His family says he fought for our country overseas numerous times, including two tours in Iraq.

Sgt. Young was currently in Afghanistan, assigned to the 307th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, 19 Airborne Corps.

His family says Sgt. Young's unit was being ambushed, and as he was trying to get his soldiers to safety, a sniper shot and killed Young.

Young comes from a close-knit family.
 
Many have served our country.

His family says he died doing what he loved.

"So many people are so grateful for what he's done for our country and we just, the loss is beyond measure," said relative Kristen Evans. "It's just hard, and I mean he should always be remembered, everyone should remember him in a good way."

Young's tour in Afghanistan was expected to be complete in October.

He received multiple awards including:
-Army Commendation medal
-Purple Heart
-Army Achievement Medal
-Army Good Conduct Medal
-National Defense Service Medal
-Afghanistan Campaign Medal
-Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
-Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
-Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Medal
-Army Service Ribbon
-Overseas Service Ribbon
-NATO Medal
-Parachutist Badge
-Air Assault Badge

Family and friends say they'll always remember him as fun, loving, and caring. They add he was always full of life.

"I just couldn't believe that he wasn't coming home anymore," said his Aunt, Nadine Quarles. "I got up this morning and I wrote him a letter, a love letter because I want him to know that we love him and he'll never be forgotten."

Funeral arrangements are currently being planned.

Officials with the Department of Defense say that an investigation is ongoing.

They add, that at this time, Young is the only confirmed fatality from that attack.
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