Residents in the small Ohio River town of Vevay in southeastern Indiana are mourning the death of a hometown soldier killed in Iraq last week by a roadside bombing.
A statement released by the Pentagon says 25-year-old Sergeant Kenneth R. Booker died Wednesday in Mukhisa, Iraq, from wounds he suffered when a bomb exploded near his vehicle.
Booker's father says the family was told his son's vehicle -- a Stryker eight-wheel-drive truck -- was struck by a new form of improvised explosive device while on patrol.
Booker's mother learned of her son's death Thursday, the same day she had mailed a Christmas package to him. That package includes a note stating that since he couldn't be home for Christmas, Christmas was coming to him.
The package includes a little Christmas tree, a movie, Christmas music and a Christmas mug.