Little Rock soldier killed in Afghanistan


LITTLE ROCK — A soldier from Little Rock has been killed in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, the Department of Defense announced.

Sgt. Jamar A. Hicks, 22, died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire. He was taken to Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan, and later died.

Hicks was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Also killed in the attack were Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera, 26, of Caldwell, Idaho, and Spc. Keith E. Grace Jr., 26, of Baytown, Texas.

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, issues statements on Hicks’ death.

“It’s with a heavy heart that we honor the life of a fallen America hero,” Pryor said. “I join all Arkansans in sending our deepest condolences and prayers to his family and loved ones. We will be forever grateful for his sacrifice and service.”

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Sgt. Jamar A. Hicks,” Griffin said. “He dedicated his life to defending the freedom we all enjoy, and today I join Arkansans in mourning his death and expressing our eternal gratitude to his family for his ultimate sacrifice.”

Gov. Mike Beebe’s office said Tuesday that Arkansas flags at the state Capitol would fly at half staff through Thursday to honor Hicks.