PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local soldier who was stationed in Afghanistan has died.

Staff Sergeant Eric Holman of Evans City in Butler County was killed earlier this week supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Department of Defense says Staff Sergeant Holman was killed Wednesday by an IED in Ghazni province.

Holman’s parents traveled to Dover Air Force Base to retrieve his body.

Meanwhile, people at the local VFW were saddened by the news.

“It broke my heart,” said Mary Semple, of the Evans City/Harmony VFW. “We’re just here for the family; if they need us, we’re here.”

Staff Sergeant Holman was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.

He was 39.

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