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Fort Stewart soldier killed in Afghanistan

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Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad (Source: Fort Stewart Public Affairs Office) Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad (Source: Fort Stewart Public Affairs Office)
HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

A Fort Stewart soldier was one of two killed March 11 in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad, 26, of Edmond, Okla. and Capt. Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel, 28, of South Miami, Fla. died in Jalrez District, Afghanistan, of injuries they suffered when they were attacked by small arms fire. 

Schad was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. Pedersen-Keel was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. 

On Wednesday, Schad's family talked about the moment his mother found out about his death.

"She had the trunk opened on her car when they walked up and she fell over on the ground," said Harold Whipple, Schad's grandfather.

Wednesday at 11 a.m., Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, the commanding Regional Command South in Afghanistan, will be briefing the media on the current operations in Afghanistan. 

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