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Wynne, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Another Region 8 Marine Dies In Iraq

January 27, 2005 -- Posted at 10:30 p.m. CST

WYNNE -- One of the soldiers killed in yesterday's helicopter accident in Iraq called Region 8 home.

Thirty Marines and one Navy sailor were killed in the crash.

Army officials are saying there were no reports of enemy fire in the area.

Officials say the crash was caused by severe weather.

Twenty one year old Wynne native, Brian Hopper, died in yesterday's helicopter crash.

He was a two thousand and two graduate of Wynne high school.

Brian was wounded earlier by a grenade, and had since been recovering.

Family members say he had the opportunity to come home but chose to stay overseas.

I spoke with his grandmother about and hour ago and she said Brian had faith in God and church, and was proud of the job he was doing for the United States, and for the people in Iraq.

Brian has a brother, Patrick, who is still fighting in Iraq.

Details about Brian Hopper's funeral have not been released.

When they are, we'll bring them to you.

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