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UPDATE: U.S. Department of Defense identifies Edmond soldier killed in Afghanistan

The death of an Edmond soldier has been confirmed Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed the death of the soldier who died in an attack Monday.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: March 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm •  Published: March 13, 2013

— The body of Staff Sgt. Rex Schad, 26, of Edmond, arrived Wednesday at Dover, Del., his grandfather Harold Whipple said.

Schad's brother, Army Spc. Max J. Whipple, who is stationed in Alaska, was in Delaware to receive his brother's remains.

The body is expected to arrive in Edmond on Tuesday, Whipple said. A funeral for Schad will be held in Edmond with burial at Fort Sill.

The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed Wednesday the death of Schad in eastern Afghanistan.

Schad and Capt. Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel, 28, of South Miami, Fla., died Monday of injuries suffered when they were attacked by small-arms fire in Jalrez District, Afghanistan.

Schad was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade combat team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Pedersen-Keel was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.

An Afghan police officer opened fire on the soldiers and was killed in a shoot-out, The Associated Press reported.

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