Thornton High Grad Succumbs to Afghan Wounds

Second Thornton grad to be killed in Afghanistan

Thursday, Aug 12, 2010  |  Updated 8:44 PM CDT
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Family members say a man who grew up in suburban Chicago has died — more than six weeks after being injured while serving in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Edgar Roberts' family says he died Tuesday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Roberts was injured June 26 when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Sayed Abad.

The 39-year-old was born in Belize and graduated from Thornton High School in 1988.

Roberts is the second Thornton graduate killed in Afghanistan. Class of 2005 graduate Simone Robinson died in March 2009. She also lived for a few months in a military hospital after being injured by a roadside bomb.

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