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Soldier with Placer County ties killed in Afghanistan

By: Journal Staff Report
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AUBURN CA - The Department of Defense reported Thursday the death on Tuesday of a soldier who has ties to Placer County. Spc. Manuel J. Vasquez, 22, West Sacramento, was killed in Paktika province, a statement from the Defense Department said. Vasquez is the grandson of Newcastle resident Joyce Costa. No details about the death were released. Follow the Journal as more information becomes available on this story. - Gus Thomson