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Soldier killed in Afghanistan was Sac City graduate

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Family members say a Sac City graduate has been killed in Afghanistan.

Army Sgt. Adrian Hike, 26, was killed Monday while on patrol, his mother, Kim Bird said. Patricia Stout, Hike's grandmother, said that the vehicle he was in was hit by an roadside explosive device.

Hike's family said he was serving as a paratrooper and had received a Purple Heart for his service in Iraq in 2005.

Hike is survived by his mother, father, four brothers and his grandmother.

Hike was a 2000 graduate of Sac Community High School.

He came from a military family where his mother, Kim Bird, Ralston, and Father, Robert Bird Sr., Odeboldt, both served in the military while they were younger, Stout said.

Hike kept in touch with his family through e-mail, Stout said.

"He had just spoken with his mother on Thursday over, e-mail and his girlfriend in Germany that morning. Which came as a relief. He kept especially close contact with his mother since she suffers from a lung illness. He always made a special effort to stay in touch."

The last time he was home was last Easter.

The family was originally told that due to the incident being at night and the extent of the accident, there may not be remains for a service. Stout said that it came as a relief to know that his body was found. At this point it is unkown when his body will be sent home.

The family is still in shock. Hick's four younger brothers talked to him often on e-mail. As the oldest child he was very close to his little brothers.

His grandmother noted, "He was a very open kid. if he had something it was yours."

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