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Soldier from Northern California killed in Afghanistan

May 24, 2012 |  5:49 pm

A U.S. Army officer from Northern California has been killed in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

Second Lt. Travis Morgado, 25, of San Jose, died Wednesday of injuries sustained when his patrol in the Zharay district of Kandahar province was attacked by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Morgado was on his first deployment to Afghanistan. Hit unit deployed in December.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego