An Iowa soldier serving his second tour in Iraq was killed when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his vehicle, family members said.
Sgt. David Rice, 22, of Sioux City, was killed Monday, northeast of Baghdad, his mother, Laurinda Finken, said Tuesday.
Rice, a 2001 graduate of Sioux City East High School, is the 29th Iowa soldier to be killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Finken said she learned of her son's death Tuesday morning when two military officials came to her workplace.
"My boss came and got me and took me into the office and they told me," Finken said. "Today's been a pretty big blur."
Rice was a fire support specialist with the U.S. Army, based out of Fort Riley, Kan., his mother said.
It was her son's second tour in Iraq, said Finken, who last saw Rice before he was deployed in January
She said she thought of her son every day but became more concerned for his safety when he was deployed for a second tour in Iraq.