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Soldier from Trenton dies in Afghanistan

WHITEWRIGHT -- Hearts are heavy in Whitewright after the U.S. Army confirmed today a young soldier from the area has died.

The Army says Pfc. Christian Chandler, 20, was killed when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in the Logar Province on Monday.

Chandler was from Trenton but went to school in Whitewright. Wednesday, the city lowered flags to half staff outside city hall.

Mayor Bill Goodson says he's known chandler since pre-school. He says his daughter graduated Whitewright High School with Chandler in 2012 and says news of his death hits hard.

"You can see I'm choking up now," Goodson said. "When I talk about any of the kids from Whitewright, I've been around here and mayor for 29 years, so half the kids here I've been able to bring up."

Chandler joined the army in October 2012. He deployed to Afghanistan in October 2013.

The Army says he's survived by his mother and stepfather who live in Whitewright.

Goodson says Chandler was always eager to join the military and serve his country. He's ordered flags fly at half staff through Thursday.