Soldier from Vevay in southeastern Indiana dies in Iraq bombing

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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.

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