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Butler native killed in Afghanistan

The community comes together to remember fallen soldier Staff Sergeant Jason A. McDonald.

Saturday at 6:30 p.m., friends and family will gather for a memorial at Bentley-Montford Mortuary.

A procession to a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. will follow in front of the Butler courthouse.

McDonald was one of five American soldiers who was killed in a suspected friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the first Battalion, Fifth Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell Kentucky.

McDonald's aunt, Kathy Harris says McDonald was someone who could always make you laugh. He went to high school in Cordele, and signed up for the Army shortly afterwards in 2004.

He did several tours in Afghanistan and Iraq over his 10-year military career. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters in Tennessee.

The family says his funeral will likely be at Arlington National Cemetery, but a date has not been set yet.

Contributing: USA TODAY

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