Family: Soldier with TN ties killed in Afghanistan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The family of an Army soldier from Florida who also has family in Tennessee says he was among six Americans killed in Afghanistan over the weekend in the deadliest attack on U.S. forces in eight months.

Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations says the body of Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Ward, whose hometown is listed as Oak Ridge, Tenn., is due to arrive at Dover Air Force Base on Monday. A foreign service officer, a Department of Defense civilian and three soldiers were killed in the attack Saturday, but the names of the soldiers and the civilian haven't been released by the Pentagon.

His grandmother, Nancy Ward of Arcadia, Fla., said her grandson stayed with her to finish high school when his mother moved to Tennessee. She said Ward was 24.

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