Reporter: 10th Soldier Died When Mortar Malfunctioned
An Army report says a 10th Mountain Division soldier soldier who grew up in Tacoma, Washington and who died two years ago in Afghanistan was killed by friendly fire.
The Army had said Sgt. Nathan Wyrick, 34, was killed in October, 2011, by combat-related injuries at an outpost in the Kandahar province.
The report obtained by The Tacoma News Tribune through a Freedom of Information Act request says a mortar round malfunctioned and landed on his tent. Six fellow soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division, were injured. The Army mortar was intended for an insurgent who fired at the outpost.
Wyrick left four sons and a wife at DuPont. He was a 1996 graduate of Franklin Pierce High School who played football. He had two previous deployments to Iraq.
Reporter Adams Ashton told 7 News he attended Wyrick's funeral.
"His funeral was just a heartbreaking day," Ashton said, "because he had four sons. It was just a day you never forget, as a reporter."
Ashton didn't. For months he asked for a more detailed explanation of how Wyrick had died, and eight months ago filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the military's report on Wyrick's death. That request led to Ashton uncovering the cause of Wyrick's death.
Read our original report of his death here.
Read the Tacoma News-Tribune's report here.
Click on the picture to watch our interview with Ashton Monday night.