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Wilmington soldier killed in Afghanistan

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is among three American soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday.

Sgt. Thomas J. Butler, known as T.J., was killed in action. His body will arrive back in the United States tonight.

According to his Facebook page, Butler joined the Army in 2008. He was a graduate of Topsail High School and attended Cape Fear Community College.

Butler leaves behind his wife Holly and their young son also named Thomas.

Butler and the other soldiers died when a suicide bomber walked into a crowded market in the city of Khost in eastern Afghanistan. That Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

We tried to contact the Butler family, but we were unable to reach anyone.

Butler’s body will arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware tonight.

There’s no word yet on funeral arrangements.

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