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Southern Ohio soldier 1 of 5 killed in Afghanistan brought home

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Southern Ohio soldier killed in Afghan airstrike according to the Associated Press Southern Ohio soldier killed in Afghan airstrike according to the Associated Press

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According to the Waverly Police Department, the body of 25-year-old Army Specialist Justin Helton, who was one of five OH troops killed in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan earlier this month, was brought to Rickenbacker International Airport, in Columbus, OH, Saturday, June 21, at around 12 p.m. for a brief ceremony.

Helton was then taken by a 1,000 motorcycle escort along U.S. 23 South going to the Boyer Funeral Home in Waverly, OH, where there will be a private family only viewing Saturday.

A public viewing for Helton will be held Sunday, June 22, at Eastern High School in Beaver, OH, which is in Pike County where Helton was from, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Helton's funeral will be held Monday, June 23, also at Eastern High School, at 11 a.m.

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ORIGINAL:

BEAVER, Ohio (AP) - A cousin says a 25-year-old soldier from southern Ohio was one of five American troops killed this week during an airstrike in southern Afghanistan.

Mindy Helton says military representatives visited Justin Helton's parents' home in Beaver early Tuesday to inform them of his death.

A Pentagon spokesman says five troops were killed Monday during "a security operation" and the likelihood that friendly fire caused their deaths is under investigation.

Mindy Helton is Justin Helton's cousin by marriage. She says his immediate family isn't commenting publicly.

She says the soldier specialized in dealing with explosives and was based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She says he had been in Afghanistan about two months and was engaged to be married.

She says he had been in the Army since 2010.

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