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Kern County soldier killed in Afghanistan

October 5, 2010 |  5:47 pm

Military officials Tuesday announced the combat death of Army Sgt. Brian J. Pedro, 27, of Rosamond.

Pedro was killed Saturday when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in Pol-e-Khumri, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Engineer Battalion at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

A man who answered the phone at the VFW Post in Rosamond, Pedro's hometown, said a memorial service is planned for Oct. 23. 

KGET-TV in Bakersfield reported that Pedro is survived by his wife, parents and younger brother. His mother, Lulalima Nelson, told KGET: "He had 14 aunts and uncles and over 50 cousins. He was loved by all and will be missed by a whole lot of people."

-- Megan Garvey

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