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Capt. Bruno de Solenni of Crescent City has been killed in Afghanistan, his father said Sunday.

de Solenni, a 1994 graduate of Del Norte High School, was apparently killed Saturday by an improvised explosive device, said his father, local attorney Mario de Solenni.

Bruno de Solenni was helping train Afghan soldiers while engaged in frequent firefights with Taliban forces in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

He had been expected home before Christmas.

As a member of the Oregon National Guard, he had also served in Egypt and Iraq.

Bruno de Solenni and his family were the subjects of a front-page feature story in The Triplicate on Sept. 6, and his letter from Afghanistan was reprinted with photos he sent on The Triplicate's features cover Sept. 13.

See Tuesday's Triplicate for additional coverage.