The family of a Bend soldier who was among five Fort Bliss troops killed by a roadside bomb last weekend says he had recently reenlisted because he didn't want to leave his unit.
Spc. Brandon Joseph Prescott died Saturday with four others when an improvised explosive device struck their vehicle in the Maiwand district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province.
Prescott's twin brother Aaron tells The Oregonian the 24-year-old was due to return home in September, but had already signed up for another three years in the Army.
Prescott grew up in Dana Point, Calif., and graduated from Dana Hills High School in 2006. Two years later, their mother, Tracey Prescott, moved the brothers to Bend, where he took classes at Central Oregon Community College. Their father, Joseph Prescott, lives in Montgomery, Texas.
Tracey Prescott says she's a "broken woman right now" - "sad and angry, but also very, very proud" of her son.