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Fiance of Fort Stewart Soldier Killed Says He Protected Everyone

Fiance of Fort Stewart Soldier Killed Says He Protected Everyone

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Carmona with her fiance, Staff Sgt. Rex Schad Carmona with her fiance, Staff Sgt. Rex Schad

The fiance of one of the soldiers from Fort Stewart killed this week in Afghanistan says he was someone "who protected everyone." Anna Sabrina Carmona says she met Staff Sgt. Rex Schad in late 2011. Their first meeting was on a bench in Chippewa Square in Savannah.  She says they spent all day talking and laughing and that it was pretty much "love at first sight."

Schad is from Oklahoma and Carmona says she will be flying there tomorrow to be with his family. "It's hard to believe it's real," she told us. "And it's hard to accept how he died, I don't think it should have happened," she said.

26 year old Schad, who was part of special operations forces and 28 year old Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel of Florida, were shot in what's being termed an "insider" attack by an Afghan policeman in eastern Afghanistan. That was sometime late Sunday evening or Monday morning. Carmona says Schad called her every morning at 9 a.m. And every evening. "When he didn't call Monday morning, I knew something was wrong," she said.

A Fort Stewart spokesman says six soldiers based at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield have died this week in Afghanistan.

Schad's death was part of the deadliest day for American forces in Afghanistan so far in 2013. Staff Sgt. Schad was based at Fort Stewart. Five other soldiers also based at Fort Stewart died in a helicopter crash on Monday. The Department of Defense has still not released their identities. (Capt. Pedersen-Keel was based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.)

Schad joined the Army in 2006, served in the 3rd Infantry Division and was on his second deployment. His fiance say he had deployed in November and was looking forward to coming home in June. "he kept telling me he couldn't wait to see me at the homecoming in the gym when he landed," says Carmona.

"He made it through his first deployment when the war was really going strong and he came home," she said. "I just believed he would come home this time, too."

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