A soldier from Merced died in Iraq last week, the military announced this morning.
The body of Pfc. Lukas C. Hopper, 20, will arrive tonight at Dover Air Force Base, the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Office said in a press release.
Hopper, a 2007 Golden Valley High School graduate, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Hopper died from injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over southeast of Karadah, Iraq. No other information was immediately available about the circumstances surrounding Hopper's death.
The City of Merced announced that flags at the Merced Civic Center and other civic buildings will fly at half-staff until after the funeral service.
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