Soldier who lived in South Miami killed in Afghanistan

Army Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel was killed Monday in Afghanistan while conducting a patrol brief in the Jalrez District.

Pedersen-Keel, 28, had lived in South Miami before he completed cadet basic training at the U.S. Military Academy, graduating from Avon Old Farms School, Avon, Conn., in 2002.

Pedersen-Keel’s parents Helen Pedersen and Henry Keel, who survive their son, have roots in both areas. Helen in Connecticut, Henry in Coral Gables.

The family has lived in Madison, Conn., since 2003, Madison First Selectman Fillmore McPherson told NBC Connecticut.

Pedersen-Keel was killed while conducting a patrol brief and died from wounds sustained during small-arms fire in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy honored the serviceman by ordering flags to be flown at half mast until his burial or memorial is completed.

Pedersen-Keel was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) and headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C. He was a Special Forces Detachment Commander. This was his second deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the Department of Defense.

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