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Update: Local soldier dies in Afghanistan

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WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A Franklin Parish soldier who died in Afghanistan was remembered this week with a special ceremony.

27-year-old Warrant Officer Bryan Henderson of Fort Necessity died when his helicopter went down in southern Afghanistan. He and four others were killed in the crash.

Henderson was on board the UH-60 Black Hawk when it crashed. We're told the crash was in Kandahar City just before 10 pm March 11th.

Initial reports indicate that poor weather caused the helicopter to go down. Henderson was on his second tour of duty and about to be promoted.

He's a graduate of Winnsboro High School and ULM. He is survived by a wife and six-year-old step daughter.

The flag ceremony for Henderson was held this week at Franklin Parish High School.

Warrant Officer Henderson was a native of Winnsboro, a graduate of the University of Louisiana in Monroe. His death drew reaction from ULM this afternoon.

Sally Davidson, former department head of aviation at ULM said, "Bryan's heart and soul were in Aviation. He returned every semester after he graduated to talk to our Aviation students. The last time he came to ULM, he was in uniform and so excited about his helicopter training. He was such a positive role model to these young people, both as a student and as a graduate. This is a sad loss."

ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno added, "ULM is saddened by this tragic loss. Bryan made ULM proud with his service to our country. We will keep his family and friends in our thoughts."


Previous Report: 

KNOE 8 News has learned 27-year-old Warrant Officer Bryan Henderson of Winnsboro died in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan. Henderson's family confirmed the death in a conversation with KNOE.

The Franklin Parish man was on board the UH-60 Black Hawk when it crashed. Officials say the helicopter went down in Kandahar City.

A flag ceremony for Henderson was held on March 13th at Franklin Parish High School. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Henderson served in Iraq before serving in Afghanistan.

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