Fort Wright soldier killed while serving in Afghanistan

Mom: 'I can't believe my son is gone'

FORT WRIGHT, Ky. -- A Northern Kentucky solider was killed while serving overseas in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Daniel Tyler Lee of Fort Wright was on his second tour of duty when he was shot to death after enemy forces attacked his unit.

Lee's family was notified of his death around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

"It's just a devastating thing," said Frances Lee, Daniel's mother. "I can't believe my son is gone. I can't believe I'll never talk to him again. But yet, I'm really proud of him."

Lee enlisted in the Army as a soldier for the special forces. His family said he died doing what he loved, defending his country.

"He suddenly became very driven and focused," his father said. "Getting through Special Forces training is grueling. He made it through that and was a stronger person."

Before leaving for his first tour, Daniel spoke with his sister about the possibility of death.

He told her, "Everything is gonna be OK."

Lee leaves behind a wife and a 6-month-old son. Daniel met his wife in the Army. 

The 28-year-old soldier graduated from Dixie Heights High School, where he played football, in 2003.

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