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Jacksonville Soldier Killed by Roadside Bomb in Afghanistan

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The family of an Army soldier from
Jacksonville says she was killed when the vehicle she was riding in
struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Her parents say Specialist Wakkuna Jackson was in a convoy moving medical supplies to a new post when she was killed. So far, the Pentagon hasn't released the details of her death.

The soldier's sister says the family was notified by the Army on Saturday evening.

Wakkuna graduated in 2003 from Stanton Preparatory School in Jacksonville, where she was in the marching band, Spanish club and National Honor Society. She joined the Army in 2004 and was with a support battalion with the Tenth Mountain Division from Fort Drum,
New York.

Her father, who retired from the Navy after 20 years' service, says Wakkuna joined the Army to save up money to go to college and become a doctor.

Wakkuna Jackson was 21.


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