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Ex-Tucsonan killed in Afghanistan combat

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A former Sahuaro High School student was killed in combat in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the Department of Defense announced Friday.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Todd Harris, 37, died in Badghis province of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.  

Harris was assigned to the 87th Infantry Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Harris had previously been deployed to Afghanistan in 2002, Iraq in 2003 and 2006 and Suriname in 2008, according to a post on his Facebook page.

He had two children, a 7-year-old son and a 15-year-old daughter.

A standout football player in high school, Harris played running back and cornerback for Sahuaro in the early 1990s.

Harris is the 48th member of the military with Southern Arizona ties to die in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Earlier this year, Sgt. Martin Lugo, 24, died in August when his unit was attacked.

Spc. Christopher Moon died in July after stepping on a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Spc. Christian M. Adams, 26, a soldier from Sierra Vista, died in Kandahar of wounds from a non-combat incident in June.

Tech. Sgt. Michael P. Flores, 32, and Airman Benjamin D. White, 24, were killed when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan the same month. The two were both pararescuemen assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

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