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Parents remember Mid-South soldier killed in Afghanistan

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis soldier was killed Friday during a firefight with insurgents in Afghanistan.

Brandon Owens, 21, a Private First Class in the U.S. Army, was struck down by small arms fire during a battle in the nation's Wardak province.

Monday in Memphis, Brandon's parents recalled that whether he was in his high school basketball uniform or a uniform issued by the Army, Brandon wore an infectious smile while remaining focused on a serious goal.

"I think he wanted to go out an make a difference in the world," said his mother, Lynda Owens. "Do something that would be a solution and not a problem."

Brandon played basketball, loved music, and planned to marry his high school sweetheart. He graduated from Wooddale High in 2007, and soon after joined the Army as a military policeman.

"I was worried about the decision," Lynda Owens said. "I didn't want him to go, but I knew that he was having a vision, trying to have a plan for his future."

Friday, his parents returned home to find their worst fear: two soldiers waiting to give them the news that their son had been killed by enemy fire.

"He's one of those children, you know, we'll always be proud of," Brandon's father, Eric Owens, said.

"He was brave," Lynda Owens added. "I will always will love him"

Brandon's body is expected to return to the Mid-South later this week.  Funeral arrangements have not been released.

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