Ranger killed in Afghanistan comes home

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The body of a Huntsville Army ranger and staff sergeant killed in Afghanistan has been returned to Alabama.

The Department of Defense says 28-year-old Jeffrey Hall died June 1 from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated next to his vehicle in the Nerkh district an hour west of Kabul.

His body arrived at Huntsville International Airport shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday in preparation for his funeral Tuesday morning.

About 200 family members, friends and military personnel were at the airport for his return.

Hall joined the Army in June 2000 and later fulfilled his childhood dream by becoming a Ranger.

He's survived by a wife, Allison Hall, and an 11-month-old daughter.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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