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Report: Fort Drum soldier dies following attack in Afghanistan


A Fort Drum soldier died Sunday from injuries sustained in what was described as a surprise attack on his unit in Afghanistan.

According to a report in the Daily Freeman of Kingston, Sgt. Shawn Farrell, 24, of Accord, was shot twice during the incident.

He was taken to Germany, where doctors were unsuccessful in their attempts to revive him.

Details of the incident were relayed to the paper by family members of Sgt. Farrell.

He served as an infantryman. His unit in the 10th Mountain Division was not listed.

Sgt. Farrell graduated from Rondout Valley High School, Accord, in 2008. The school district said in a statement that learning of Sgt. Farrell’s death made Tuesday “an extremely sad day” for the entire community.

Sgt. Farrell’s death has not been formally announced by the Department of Defense.

The paper said he is survived by his wife of about a year, Allison; his parents, Shawn Farrell and Heather Stokes, and stepfather David Stokes, as well as other relatives.

He is the third 10th Mountain Division soldier to die during a deployment this year; the others were Spc. Kerry M.G. Danyluk and Pfc. Joshua A. Gray.

The Daily Freeman report can be found at

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