A 19-year-old Weatherford man was killed Monday in Afghanistan, but the Department of Defense has not yet released specifics about the incident.
Army Pvt. Austin G. Staggs, who was deployed in June, was killed, his family confirmed.
“He was just a child,” said Staggs’ stepfather Judd Jordan, with emotion heavy in his voice.
Jordan and his wife, Kaye, Staggs’ mother, were unable to comment further because they headed out Tuesday to Dover, Del., to view Staggs’ body.
On Tuesday afternoon, a Department of Defense spokesman declined to give specifics about the incident, citing a 72-hour wait period for families to be informed of the incident. Information will likely be released today.
The Afghanistan News Net noted six soldiers were killed Monday by a man dressed as a police officer, who fired upon them. It is not yet known if that incident was the one in which Staggs died, and names of the soldiers who died in that incident were not released Tuesday.
Staggs lived with his mother and stepfather in Weatherford from 2000 to 2009, Jordan said.
According to a release put out by the Army in February, Staggs graduated from the Fire Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training Course at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. Specialists in that field serve in intelligence activities, such as division artillery, cannon battalions and fire support.
According to a family member, Staggs has been married for about nine months and has a 2-year-old son.