U.S. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Identified as 23-Year-Old Sgt. James Slape

U.S. officials have identified the American soldier who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this week. The Department of Defense said Spc. James A. Slape, 23, from Morehead City, North Carolina, was killed on Thursday after suffering wounds from an improvised explosive device (IED).

Slape was assigned to 60th Troop Command, North Carolina Army National Guard. Officials said he was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and promoted to a sergeant posthumously.

The incident is under investigation.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statement honoring Slape.

“On behalf of the people of North Carolina, I honor the service and sacrifice of Sgt. James Slape and offer our deepest sympathy to his loved ones and his fellow soldiers,” Cooper said, according to CBS affiliate WFMY.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Justin Carissimo