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Colorado Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP/CBS4) - A Fort Carson soldier has died following an aircraft accident in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Post officials Friday identified the solider killed as 21-year-old Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, of Thornton. Details of the aircraft accident Wednesday were not immediately available. The accident remains under investigation.

Wykstra was an infantryman assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Wykstra joined the Army last year and was deployed to Afghanistan in January.

(courtesy of Wykstra family)

His family issued this statement to the media on Friday:

"Jake was a faithful and loving husband, son, brother and friend.  Words cannot express our sorrow at this time.  Jake always lit up a room with his smile and goofy sense of humor.  Those he served with have said that no matter how difficult the situation, he had the ability to find the humor and good in it.  We are proud to have raised a son who was willing to serve his country and fight for freedom and those who couldn't fight for themselves.  He was a sweet, perfect husband who loved his wife with all his heart.  His piercing blue eyes and contagiouis smile will be sorely missed.   We ask for privacy at this difficult time, and want to express sincere gratitude for all the thoughts and prayers as we celebrate his life."

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