Soldier raised in Eden killed in Afghanistan

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EDEN, N.C. — An Eden native has been killed while serving his country in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Brandon F. Eggleston, 29, was killed Thursday after the vehicle he was in encountered an IED in Ghazni province,  Department of Defense officials said.

Eggleston, who lived in Raeford with his wife and two young children, grew up in Eden and graduated from Morehead High School in 2001. He joined the Army in 2006.

Eggleston was in the 3rd Army Special Forces group stationed at Fort Bragg. He was scheduled to come home from his tour later this year.

"It disturbed all of us, particularly because there are two little children that need a father," said Barney Walker, a longtime friend of the Eggleston family.

Walker said Eggleston's grandparents, who still live in Eden, helped raise him.

"They have had a lot of trauma with the death of their son and now the death of their grandson," Walker said.

Walker said he'll remember Eggleston as a courteous young man, a devoted dad and a person he was proud to know.

"On several occasions I emailed him encouraging things, as well as the fact he was doing this for all of us, because indirectly it was for everybody in this country," Walker said.

The explosion also killed Sgt. Dick Lee Jr., 31, of Orange Park, Fla. He was stationed in Germany.