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MILL CITY, Ore. (AP) -- Friends and family of a soldier wounded in Afghanistan held a candlelight vigil Thursday evening on the Santiam High School football field.

Nick Welch was a 2005 graduate of the Mill City school and a football player. The Statesman Journal reports he was critically injured Tuesday when a suicide bomber rode up to his unit on a donkey and detonated a bomb.

Three other soldiers from the Fort Stewart, Ga., based unit were killed in the attack.

Welch is in a hospital in Germany.

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