Local soldier killed in Afghanistan

SARDINIA, Ohio - A soldier from the Tri-State area has been killed in Afghanistan.

The superintendent of Eastern Local Schools, Alan Simmons, confirmed to 9 News Tuesday that Army Private Seth Blevins of Sardinia, Ohio was recently killed while serving his country in the Army overseas.

Blevins was a 2008 graduate of Eastern High School in the Eastern Local Schools of Brown County.

Simmons said Blevins was a very popular student, played several sports including soccer, basketball and track and was in the band. Simmons called Blevins' passing a "great loss."

Flags outside the high school that Army Pvt. Seth Blevins attended and graduated from  were already a half mast by mid-day. Administrators for the Eastern Local Schools in Brown County said they had been contacted late Monday night by Blevins' family after they learned the news that the 21-year old soldier had died.

Many of those administrators and teachers at Eastern High School in Winchester said Blevins had been an excellent student and musician, who specialized in playing the saxophone. His band instructor, John Cooper, told 9 News that Blevins had become more than just another student, but a friend.

Cooper said Blevins first starting taking up music and playing saxophone in the 5th grade and continued through his graduation three years ago. Cooper said the teachers and seniors who knew Blevins were heart broken at the news of his death, but respect him for being a patriot and a student who loved his family and his country.

School administrators said that Blevins was just about a month into his first deployment to Afghanistan when he was killed. They remember him coming back earlier this year to meet with his teachers and support the school band at various events.

Eastern High School officials said Blevins' family will be in Delaware Tuesday night at the Dover Air Force Base to meet the soldier's body when it returns from overseas.

Plans are already under way to hold a memorial for the Army Private at his high school sometime in the next week to two weeks.

Details of the nature of Blevins' death have not yet been released.

9 News will post more information as it becomes available.

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