Virginia Army Captain Andrew Ross killed in Afghanistan

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia native Captain Andrew P. Ross was killed November 27 in an explosion in Afghanistan, the U.S. Army confirmed.

Ross, a 29-year-old Lexington, Virginia native, was one of three US service members killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near their tank. Four other Americans, including a civilian contractor, were wounded in the blast.

Ross and blast victim Sgt. 1st Class Eric M. Emond, 39, of Boston, were assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

"Andrew and Eric were invaluable members and leaders in 3rd Special Forces Group and the special operations community," Col. Nathan Prussian, 3rd SFG (A) commander, said. "Our most heartfelt condolences go out to the families of these brave men."

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack which also killed Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin.

The Virginia native has Richmond connections as his parents both call Richmond home.

In fact, a sign honoring Ross was placed outside where his mother works on Libbie Avenue.

"It's so unfortunate to hear of these people dying and so tragically and it's nice to see the support for families who have to endure that,” said Lisa Jameson, who passed the sign Thursday.

"It makes me feel really sad for his family but really proud of the sacrifice and the fallen soldiers have made for us and for my daughter," said Veronica Criscitiello.

Capt. Ross had been in the Army more than seven years and was on his second overseas tour of duty when he was killed. His awards in decorations include a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Ranger Tab, and more.

He was posthumously awarded a second Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Ross' father indicated he was traveling Thursday to "bring Drew home tonight."

This is a developing story. Condolences to the family can be sent here.

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