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Friends and family are mourning the death of a young soldier killed in Afghanistan this week. YNN's Madeleine Rivera talked to those who knew him and has more.

BERKSHIRE COUNTY, Mass. – "The hardest part is knowing I'll never see him again," said close friend Ashley Denver.

Not surprisingly, friends and family of Mitch Daehling were emotional after hearing of his death. But some reminisced happier memories of him.

"I do recall his senior year, he presented the Teacher of the Year award to the recipient teacher. He did a very good job with his presentation. He was a nice guy. He was good student. Good citizen," said his former principal at Wahconah Regional High School Tom Callahan.

Daehling, a member of the U.S. Army, was killed in Afghanistan this week. The details of his death are not yet clear. His parents went to Dover Air Force Base Thursday where his body was flown.

For Callahan, a former Marine, Daehling's death is a reminder of the young lives lost in the line of duty.

"They are definitely heroes," said Callahan.

Friends say Daehling would have turned 25 in July. He would have also his celebrated his first anniversary with his wife.

"He was just so happy that he finally found someone. I was just so happy for him to have finally found someone. And it was a very good last memory to see him so happy," said Denver.

These are the memories friends and family want to hold on to.

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