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Second Schofield soldier ID'd in deadly Afghanistan crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:24 p.m. HST, Apr 22, 2012

Another of four soldiers killed Thursday in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan has been identified as a Schofield Barracks soldier.

Chris Workman’s parents received the news of their son’s death from military personnel Friday morning, according to the Idaho Statesman, which spoke to Workman’s godparents.

“He had a heart of gold, that boy,” Angelo Papapavlos, of Pocatello, told the paper. “He respected us as godparents like he did his own parents. He would always keep in contact.”

Before moving to Hawaii about two years ago to join the 71st Chemical Company at Schofield Barracks, Workman, 33, lived in Boise, where he was an active member of a Greek Orthodox church, the paper said. No rank was available.

All four American crew members were killed as the chopper responded to a suicide attack on a police checkpoint during a night flight in bad weather, the Associated Press reported. Another soldier was previously identified by a close friend as also a Schofield Barracks soldier.

Jessica Robertson said one of those killed was her friend Dean Shaffer of Pekin, Ill. Shaffer's Facebook page said he lived at Wheeler Army Airfield and was a crew chief with the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment.

"He always had a smile on his face. He was just a very happy person all the time," said Robertson, who knew Shaffer from their days in the junior ROTC program at Pekin Community High School.

The military as of Friday had not confirmed the identities of the soldiers or whether the Black Hawk was based out of Wheeler. The Pentagon waits 24 hours after next of kin are notified to release names of combat casualties.

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