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UPDATED: Murrieta Army Sgt. Killed in Afghanistan

Sgt. Eric E. Williams, 27, of Murrieta, died Monday, July 23 in Pul-E Alam, Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S. Department of Defense announced today.

This post was last updated at 5:45 p.m July 24:

A U.S. Army sergeant from Murrieta was killed in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense reported today.

Sgt. Eric E. Williams, 27, of Murrieta, Calif. died Monday, July 23, in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, Logar Province, just south of Kabul, a news release stated.

Williams, a paratrooper and special forces operative was deployed with the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division based out of Fort Bragg, N.C.

A flight medic for the Army, Williams kept up a blog that he started in 2008. According to his last blog post dated July 17, he was to be heading home soon.

"This deployment is coming to an end, in a few days we will be on a plane back to the United States to rejoin our family and friends and to try to readjust to a certain semblance of what we think life should be," Williams wrote. "...cannot begin to describe the things we’ve seen, felt, or heard. We have lost brothers and colleagues..."

Williams was a 2002 graduate of Murrieta Valley High School.

A close friend, Rosario Boga, told Patch she knew him for nine years.

"He came home in January and we all hung out," Boga said. "He was a die-hard hero in all our eyes."

According to Boga, Williams was married to his wife, Wendi.

"I found out yesterday when his wife called me," Boga said. "She is being as strong as she can be right now."

This was to be the end of Williams' latest deployment, and Boga said she understood he would be returning to Fort Bragg before coming home to Murrieta in August or September.

"We were planning a huge surprise party for him," she said.

This story is developing. Please stay with Patch for more information.

Suzette Sjostrom July 26, 2012 at 03:42 PM
My heart is filled with sadness :( As a mother and a wife, I could not imagian the hearts breaking ! my prayers will be with them and his friends.
Annette Dolan July 26, 2012 at 06:16 PM
My son, my nephew, and my boss's son are in Afghanistan near where this happened. As a parent of a fellow soldier, my heart and prayers are with your family... I know your hearts are breaking.
Pearl July 26, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Is there any way we can send cards of support to his parents?
gary pulliam July 29, 2012 at 05:03 PM
As one of his supervisors at AMR Communcations i enjoyed working with Eric...he was great to work with and was serious about his job...always wanted to do the best job possible...So young to be taken from us...RIP Eric...Mr. P
LEE PERCY November 01, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE SERVED WITH SGT WILL IN AFGHANISTAN. I WAS A ASSIGNED TO THE FST AT FOB WARRIOR. HE AND THOSE LIKE HIM ARE THE REASON I CONTINUE TO SERVE. TO MRS WILLIAMS, KNOW THAT YOUR HUSBAND IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE MY HERO AND FRIEND. MAJ PERCY

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