Soldier from Camden Killed by Roadside Bomb

CAMDEN, AR - The Army says a soldier from Camden has been killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

Private First Class Rodney McCandless was killed with three other soldiers on Saturday when their vehicle struck an explosive.  The soldiers out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division.

McCandless' grandfather Orris Renfro of Camden, told the Camden News the death is "devastating" to the family.

Renfro says McCandless had just spent two weeks in Camden visiting relatives after serving six to eight months in Iraq.  He says McCandless had been back with his unit for about a week when he was killed.

Renfro says McCandless' parents live in Livingston, Texas.  No memorial plans have been made yet.

McCandless is the fourth soldier with Ouachita County ties to be killed in Iraq.

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