|Published:||Aug 21, 2012 1:00 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 20, 2012 11:25 PM EDT|
LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - WINK News has confirmed the death of a highly decorated U.S. Army pilot who grew up in Lehigh Acres. Chief Warrant Officer Brian D. Hornsby one of seven service members who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last week.
Hornsby, 37, was killed when a UH-60 Black Hawk went down northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan on August 16.
The Pentagon said Hornsby was assigned to A Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Hornsby's parents still live in Lehigh Acres. His father said Hornsby grew up in Lehigh Acres, but graduated high school in North Carolina. He later returned to Southwest Florida to attend college at the former USF campus in Lee County.
Hornsby leaves behind a wife and two children. He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan.
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