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Hometown in Mourning for Arkansas Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Sgt. Ricardo Young died Wednesday in an ambush, family says.
So many people are so grateful for what he's done for our country and we just, the loss is beyond measure.
ROSSTON, AR - Rosston, Ark., (Nevada County) is a very small community, so news of the passing of Army Sgt. Ricardo Young on Wednesday in Afghanistan, has affected this whole town.

Young first joined the Army on Sept. 17, 1997.

He started as an infantryman at Ft. Benning, Ga., then reported to Ft. Campbell, Ky., for his first assignment.

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

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

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

Young comes from a close knit family, many of whom 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 the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart.

Family and friends say they'll always remember him as fun, loving and caring.

Funeral arrangements are not yet complete.

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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