Local Military Hero Dies In Battle-Updated

May 4, 2011 Updated May 4, 2011 at 12:26 PM EDT

By By Jaclyn Asztalos

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May 4, 2011 Updated May 4, 2011 at 12:26 PM EDT

Westfield, NY (WKBW)

The latest statement from the US Military:

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Cpl. Kevin W. White, 22, of Westfield, N.Y., died May 2 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

United States Army Corporal Kevin White was on patrol in Afghanistan near the Pakistani boarder when an explosive device detonated and he was killed.

White graduated from Westfield Central Schools near Jamestown in 2006. He had already been deployed to Iraq just after high school. He returned home safely This time around, he was only in battle for a month when he was killed.

According to the Jamestown Post-Journal, White's mother said that he posted comments to his Facebook page on Monday, she believes, just hours before his death.

Today counselors will be on hand at Westfield High School for all students and staff. The principal will also read a statement in White's honor. It will be followed by a moment of silence.

A friend said the small community has been hit hard by the news of this tragedy.

"It's pretty devastating. Everybody pretty much knows everybody else. It's tough for everybody I think to even imagine this type of a tragedy for a family," family friend Grant Stephenson said.

Family members left early this morning to go to Dover AFB to receive his body..
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Details for a memorial and funeral arraignments have not been made at this time. Channel 7 will be following the story and will have all that information as it becomes available.