Community Mourns Local Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

NEW CASTLE (KDKA) — Family, friends and community members gathered Saturday morning to remember a soldier from Lawrence County who was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Edward Mills, 29, of New Castle, was serving his third tour of duty with the Army when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device by insurgents in Afghanistan late last month.

“Eddie was not selfish, he always thought of his men, and I think he wants to be remembered for always doing his job,” said Francis Exposito, Mills’ uncle.

Eighty-five Patriot Guard Riders gathered outside of the DeCarbo Funeral Home in New Castle to lead the procession to Parkside Cemetery.

“We’re out here to honor the fallen hero, his family, friends and the community,” said Bud Roberts, of the Patriot Guard Riders.

Community members lined the streets of town waving flags; all there to honor a local hero, many of them had never met.

“The family feels very thankful to everybody. We got cards from all over the United States,” said Exposito. “I don’t think we could ever get to thank everybody the way we want to thank them.”

Family members say Mills loved serving his country and they are proud that he died doing what he loved.

He was one of six killed in the attack.

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  • Harley

    The flags of mourning solute you for putting your life on the line so that any and everyone can be free, Thank You.
    Our men and women should get better health care and lodgings. just my opinion.

    • Stormie

      I agree with you if people only knew how our soldiers are being taken advantage of via loans, medical care and scam artists. It’s absurd and if that isn’t enough some airlines charge them high fees for their bags when come home from war.

  • 2059

    We thank Staff Sgt. Edward Mills for the gift of freedom that he gave his country. May the Lord wrap his arms tightly around him and take him into His Kingdom.

  • Lindsay Starr NA Grad

    So this is what a hero is?

  • Sally Borkowski

    My deepest thanks to
    Staff Sgt. Edward Mills. Thank you for your sacrifice and the sacrifice of his parents for the loss of there brave son. I will always stop and take the time to read the stories of the fallen soldiers who have given me my freedom. But< I as well know our government should be taking care of our men and women way better then they do.

  • A Military Wife

    We salute you., thank you for your service and may your family heal quickly.

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