RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WNCN) – Two Fort Bragg soldiers were killed in a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Spc. Christopher Michael Harris, 25, was killed in the attack, his wife confirmed to CBS North Carolina.
Harris and his wife, Britt, moved to Carthage before he deployed.
“He was a hero before this. He will always be a hero. I want him to have the recognition he deserves. He was so happy to hear I was pregnant and I want our child to grow up knowing what an incredible force his/her father carried throughout life,” Britt Harris told CBS North Carolina.
A GoFundMe has been established to assist Harris’ wife.
Mark Hunter says the Indiana National Guard informed him Wednesday night that his son, U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter, died in Wednesday’s attack on a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan.
Hunter said Thursday that his son, who was married, was 32 days into his first deployment and was providing security for the convoy that was attacked.
The 59-year-old Columbus, Indiana, man says his son grew up in the city about 40 miles south of Indianapolis and was “a loving kid who put everybody else first.”
Both Harris and Hunter were members of the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg.
In Wednesday’s attack, a suicide bomber rammed his explosive laden car into a NATO convoy outside Kandahar. The Taliban quickly took responsibility for the attack.
Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08), who represents Fort Bragg, released a statement Friday morning on the deaths of Harris and Hunter:
When Americans hear the news that a soldier has died, we all grieve together. Unfortunately, with the death of Chris Harris, it hits too close to home. My wife Renee and I join our community in mourning this overwhelming loss. Chris’s death has left a void for his family that can’t be filled, but we pray that God brings them peace and comfort. We also pray for the family of Jonathan Hunter and all of our Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Chris and Jonathan gave their lives protecting our country, and for that we are eternally grateful. This is a grave reminder of the dangers our men and women in uniform face every day in the ongoing fight to defeat terrorism and protect the United States. We will never forget them or their sacrifice.”