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Cook County soldier killed in Iraq

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) – A Ft. Benning soldier originally from Cook County was killed in Iraq on Sunday.

25-year-old Staff Sgt. Briand Williams died in combat when insurgents attacked his unit. He joined the army immediately after his Cook County High Graduation in 2002.

He played sports and was well liked in the Cook County of Sparks where he grew up.

 His aunt remembers having a bad feeling when Sgt. Williams told her he was leaving for his fourth deployment.

 "I just want y'all to know that I really love y'all, like, I don't know it just didn't sound right to me," said Yolanda Durden, his aunt. "It just didn't sound right to me. I just felt something bad for some reason."

His aunt says Williams loved serving his country and the military. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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