Published: Apr 10, 2013 10:05 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 10, 2013 10:05 AM EDT

ARCADIA, Fla/ - SSGT. Chris Ward was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend. He reportedly was riding in a convoy on a humanitarian mission to deliver donated school books when a suicide bomber drove up next to the convoy and detonated explosives. Chris along with two other soldiers and two American government employees were killed in the blast. Ward was a graduate of DeSoto High school in 2004. He participated in the schools JR ROTC program which family members say was where Chris decided to join the Army. SSGT Chris Ward was 24 years old.