UPDATE: Body of Pike County, Ohio Soldier to Return Home Saturday

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 6/20/14 @ 10:30 a.m.
BEAVER, Ohio (WSAZ) – The body of a Pike County, Ohio soldier killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan will be returned to southern Ohio Saturday.

Army Spc. Justin Helton, 25, of Beaver, was one of five American troops killed in an air strike on June 9.

According to published reports and friends, Helton’s body will arrive at Rickenbacker Airport outside Columbus around noon on Saturday.

Following a short ceremony there, the procession will make its way down U.S. 23 to Boyer Funeral Home in Waverly where there will be a private family-only visitation.

On Sunday, Helton’s body will be taken to Eastern High School in Pike County for a public visitation. Those times are pending.

Helton’s funeral is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the school.

Family members say he was based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and had been in Afghanistan about two months. They also say he was engaged to be married.

He had been in the Army since 2010.

Hundreds of American flags are being placed along the procession route in honor of Helton.



ORIGINAL STORY 6/10/14 @ 7:37 p.m.
BEAVER, Ohio (AP) -- A cousin says a 25-year-old soldier from southern Ohio was one of five American troops killed this week during an airstrike in southern Afghanistan.

Mindy Helton says military representatives visited Justin Helton's parents' home in Beaver early Tuesday to inform them of his death.

A Pentagon spokesman says five troops were killed Monday during "a security operation" and the likelihood that friendly fire caused their deaths is under investigation.

Mindy Helton is Justin Helton's cousin by marriage. She says his immediate family isn't commenting publicly.

She says the soldier specialized in dealing with explosives and was based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She says he had been in Afghanistan about two months and was engaged to be married.

She says he had been in the Army since 2010.


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