Rep. Kerr: Dead soldier in Afghanistan is nephew

LITTLETON — Colorado state Rep. Jim Kerr says the sailor killed in Afghanistan is his nephew.

The Littleton lawmaker told The Denver Post that 30-year-old Justin McNeley was expected to return to the U.S. in August. Kerr says McNeley was his wife’s nephew and that his family found out about his death Monday.

McNeley was one of two U.S. soldiers missing in Afghanistan since last week. A NATO spokesman confirmed that McNeley had been killed and his body was recovered.

McNeley and another sailor went missing Friday in the eastern province of Logar, after an armored sport utility vehicle was seen driving into a Taliban-held area. The search continues for the other sailor.


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