bryan hoover 2 Local National Guard Members Killed by Suicide Bomber

A Pennsylvania National Guard official says two members from Allegheny and Crawford counties have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.

Guard spokesman Cory Angell says the guardsmen were Sgt. First Class Robert Fike of Conneautville in Crawford County and Staff Sgt. Bryan Hoover of West Elizabeth in Allegheny County. He says the attack happened Friday in Zabul Province in southeastern Afghanistan.

Fike, a corrections officer at SCI Albion, had been deployed to Saudi Arabia in 2002 and to Iraq in 2007. His father, James Fike of Stafford, says he loved the military and also loved hunting and fishing as well as being with his daughter.

Hoover was a track coach with the Elizabeth-Forward school district. Students gathered at the high school on Saturday to place a memorial there and to remember the man one student called a “nice, inspirational coach.”

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