Waxahachie Soldier Killed by IED

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011  |  Updated 3:43 PM CDT
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Family of Soldier Killed in Action Searches for Answers

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Family of Soldier Killed in Action Searches for Answers

The family of 22-year-old Army PVT Joel Ramirez say he was killed over the weekend in Afghanistan but say the Department of Defense is not releasing information.
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The Department of Defense said a Waxahachie soldier killed in Afghanistan was one of three soldiers killed by an improvised explosive device.

Pfc. Joel A. Ramirez died from wounds suffered when the IED hit his unit in the Nimroz province of Afghanistan on April 16.

His family found out he was killed over the weekend and questioned the lack of information about his death.

Chano Ramirez said he was told that his son was killed in an explosion while doing night patrols in Afghanistan. His son had been in Afghanistan for only one month.

The Department of Defense issued an official release on Tuesday including information Ramirez of Waxahachie, as well as Spc. Charles J. Wren, 25, of Beeville, Texas and Spc. Paul J. Atim, 27, of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Ramirez graduated from Waxahachie High School in 2007. He is survived by his 2-year-old daughter, his parents, two sisters and a brother.

He had been in the U.S. Army for one year.

NBCDFW's Amanda Fitzpatrick contributed to this article.

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