Hartford Native Killed in Afghanistan

Sgt. Edward Frank II was supposed to come home a day before he was killed.

Sgt. Edward Frank II, 26, a native of Hartford, was killed in Afghanistan last Thursday.

Frank was one of five soldiers killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle Aug. 11 while on patrol in Kandahar province, according to the Department of Defense.

"We are mourning the loss of yet another one of Connecticut's fallen heroes," Gov. Dannel Malloy said Monday. "These wars have taken a terrible toll on our military and their families, and they cast a long shadow over communities all across Connecticut."

Born in Hartford, Frank was stationed at Fort Drum in New York and lived with his wife and family in Yonkers.

He was scheduled to return home a few days after he died, a family friend told lohud.com, a publication that covers the Lower Hudson Valley in New York.

Rosemary Alvarez told the paper Frank's wife had decorated their home in anticipation of his homecoming, but she was instead met by three men in uniform to deliver the news.

"All they said was, 'Sorry,' and she just started screaming," Alvarez told the paper.

Gov. Malloy ordered flags be lowered to half-staff until Frank's burial. Arrangements have not been announced.

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