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UPDATE: New London soldier killed in Afghanistan

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From West Central Tribune

An Army private who graduated high school in New London, Minn., in 2007 was killed Monday in Afghanistan, according to his family.

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Ryane Clark, 22, is the son of Rick and Tracy Clark of New London. Tracy Clark announced her son's death on her Facebook page.

School officials were informed Tuesday morning of Clark's death, according to NL-S principal Kevin Acquard and athletic director John Vraa.

Rick Clark said his son was on duty traveling Monday in a vehicle when a rocket-propelled grenade killed him near Shekhabad, south of the Afghanistan capital of Kabul.

The Clark family will be flying early Wednesday to Dover Air Force Base, Wilmington, Del., and return to New London Thursday. Clark's body will be flown back to Minnesota at a later date.

The U.S. Defense Department has not yet announced his death.

Clark was part of the 57th Engineering Company at Fort Bragg, N.C., according to family. He had been deployed in Afghanistan sine Dec. 27, according to his Facebook page.

He had studied law enforcement at Alexandria Technical and Community College and was an Eagle Scout.

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