According to reports in US media thirty-year-old Army Sgt. Roshan Brooks was killed, Sunday, while taking part in a combat operation in Iraq.
The reports pointed out that Brooks was born in Jamaica, grew up in South Florida and graduated from Coconut Creek High School, before moving to Brooklyn as an adult.
Along with Brooks, 22-year-old Specialist Allen Stigler Jr. of Arlington, Texas also lost his life during the combat mission.
“I just want to be able to honor his name because he’s not just a fallen soldier, he’s our soldier,” said his cousin Tosha Chambers.
According to Chambers, “they were loading the tankers with bombs, and it went off,” Several others were injured.
This was Brooks’ second tour of duty in Iraq, and he was a member of the Airborne Regiment, according to the Department of Defense.
“He fought for every single person. He went on his first tour and came out victorious. This was his second tour and he was fighting ISIS,” Chambers said.
ISIS fighters tried to claim responsibility for the deaths of the two soldiers, but the DOD said it’s not true. The military said the deaths were not combat related.