Soldier From Livington Killed in Iraq, 73rd Alabamian to Die in Iraq

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LIVINGSTON, Ala. (AP) -The Department of Defense reports that an
Army sergeant from west Alabama was killed last week by a roadside

Staff Sergeant Robert L- Love Junior died December first in Ar
Ramadi, Iraq, when an IED exploded near his vehicle during combat

The 28-year-old Love was assigned to the 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Giessen, Germany.

He was a 1996 graduate of Livingston High School.

Love, an eight year Army veteran, is survived by his wife, Brianna, who remains stationed in Germany, and two daughters.

The soldier's mother, Mary Love, said her son's body will be returned to Livingston on December 17th. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Love's death brings the number of Alabamians killed in Iraq and the war on terror to at least 73, based on an unofficial count.

Two other Alabama soldiers, 32-year-old Specialist Christopher Mason of Mobile, and 21-year-old Specialist Jon-Erik Loney of Hartselle, died November 28th in separate bombings in Iraq.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Horton, an Alabama Guard spokesman, has been keeping track of deaths from all banches of the military since September 11th, 2001.

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