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Soldier from Tri-State killed in Afghanistan

Pfc. Zachary Salmon (Source: Facebook) Pfc. Zachary Salmon (Source: Facebook)
Salmon with his son Noah (source: WATE) Salmon with his son Noah (source: WATE)

By Stefano DiPietrantonio – bio |email|Facebook

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A soldier with ties to the Tri-state has been killed in Afghanistan.

Pfc. Zachary Salmon, 21, was fatally shot Wednesday. He was a gunner in an armored vehicle that was attacked. Friends at his high school alma mater in Tennessee held a moment of silence in his honor before the start of their basketball game Thursday night.

His sister, Kelsi, said the family was told Wednesday afternoon.

Pfc. Salmon grew up in Cincinnati, but moved to Tennessee as a teenager and graduated from Pigeon Forge High School in 2008.

His guidance counselor John Griffis said he has fond memories of Zack.

"I remember Zack being a good student, a young man who had a lot of energy," Griffis said. "He'd stop by the guidance office every now and then, so I remember him as a good person, a goof young man and I knew that he was going into the military, so I've fond memories of Zack."

Salmon joined the Army in March 2010 and was deployed in September. His sister said he considered his service his calling in life.

Part of Pfc. Salmon's family has lived in Pigeon Forge for the past eight years, but most of them still live in Ohio.

His body will be flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware where family members will be waiting.

Pfc. Salmon was with the Cavalry Unit of the 101st Airborne based at Fort Campbell.

He is survived by a three-year-old son named Noah who lives in Pigeon Forge. He also has two sisters and a brother.

Salmon also leaves behind a girlfriend, Keely Anne McCarter, in Pigeon Forge.

Pfc. Salmon will be buried in Aurora, Indiana. Fitch-Denney Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg is handling the arrangements.

There will be a candlelight vigil in Pigeon Forge Friday night at 6 p.m. at Patriot Park. 

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