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Bragg soldier killed

A soldier with ties to North Carolina died Saturday from injuries sustained in a bombing while overseas supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, officials at Fort Bragg said on Monday.

Spc. Roberto Causor Jr., 21, of San Jose, Calif., was injured on patrol when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire in Samarra, Iraq. Causor was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne division at Fort Bragg.

Causor, an automatic rifleman, joined the Army in 2004. He completed Infantry One Station Unit Training in November 2004 and the Basic Airborne Course a month later at Fort Benning, Ga. He was assigned to his unit in February 2005 as a grenadier.

"It is an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to serve alongside Spc. Roberto Causor," said Capt. Buddy Ferris, commander of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. "Causor epitomized the words courage, selfless service and honor."

Causor's decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Parachutist Badge.

He is survived by his father, Roberto Causor Sr., and his mother, Maria R. Causor, both of Rio Rancho, N.M.

His unit will hold a memorial service today in Iraq.

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