Soldier from Oregon dies in Afghanistan

PORTLAND — The family of a soldier who grew up in the Portland area says Army Spc. Elijah Rao has been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

His mother, Sharon Hauerken of Vancouver, Wash., tells The Oregonian her son was killed Saturday. She says he served two tours in Iraq, then deployed to Afghanistan in June.

Rao is a former Lake Oswego resident and a 2001 graduate of West Linn High School.

The 26-year-old leaves a wife and 21-month-old daughter who live in Lawton, Okla., where he had been based at nearby Fort Sill.

Burial is planned at Willamette National Cemetery.

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