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Central Ill. soldier killed in Afghanistan
Associated Press
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Published: 7/31/2009 12:00 AM

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SULLIVAN -- A 19-year-old central Illinois soldier has died of a non-combat-related injury in Afghanistan. The Illinois Army National Guard says Spc. Gerrick Smith of Sullivan died Wednesday. The circumstances of his death are under investigation. Smith graduated from Sullivan High School in 2008 and enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard in February 2007. This was his first deployment. Smith was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry based in Marion. The unit had been in Afghanistan since December 2008. This is the 34th casualty for the Illinois National Guard since operations began in Afghanistan and Iraq.