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Columbia man among four killed in Iraq

Monday, May 2, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:21 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) -- A Columbia, Mo., soldier was among four soldiers killed when a homemade bomb exploded near their vehicle in Iraq, the Army said Monday.

First Lt. William A. Edens, 29, of Columbia, died Thursday in Tal Afar, Iraq, when the bomb detonated near his Stryker military vehicle.

Edens and another victim, Sgt. Eric W. Morris, 31, of Sparks, Nev., were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.

The other two soldiers killed were Spc. Ricky W. Rockholt Jr. and Pfc. Robert W. Murray Jr., out of Fort Carson, Colo. Rockholt, 28, was from Winston, Ore. Murray, 21, was from Westfield, Ind. Both were assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

At least 105 Iraqis and 11 U.S. soldiers have been killed in an offensive by insurgents since Thursday, when Iraq named its new government.


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