Holstein, Neb. Family members say a 26-year-old Army soldier from Holstein was killed in Iraq on Monday. Army Sgt. Wayne Cornell's family said officials from Fort Riley, Kan., notified them of Cornell's death Tuesday.
The Department of Defense confirmed late Wednesday that Cornell and Pfc. Stephen K. Richardson, 22, of Bridgeport, Conn., were killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Baghdad. They were soldiers with 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
The soldiers are the second and third from Fort Riley who were killed in Iraq in the past week. In all, 87 soldiers from Fort Riley have died in Iraq since 2003.
As of Wednesday, at least 3,224 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.