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Conway soldier killed in Afghanistan

Posted December 14, 2010 10:26 a.m. EST
Updated December 14, 2010 6:20 p.m. EST

— Cpl. Willie A. McLawhorn Jr., 23, of Conway, was among six soldiers killed Sunday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.

The men died as a result of an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province.

All were members of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), out of Fort Campbell, Ky.

Others killed in the attack were:

Spc. Patrick D. Deans, 22 of Orlando, Fla.

Spc. Kenneth E. Necochea Jr., 21, of San Diego, Calif.

Spc. Derek T. Simonetta, 21, of Redwood City, Calif.

Spc. Jorge E. Villacis, 24, of Sunrise, Fla.

Cpl. Sean M. Collins, 25, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii