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BOISE -- An Idaho soldier from Bonners Ferry and Lewiston was killed in combat in Afghanistan . The Department of Defense says Spc. Ethan J. Martin died after he encountered enemy small-arms fire in Koragay, Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Ethan was a very loving young man with a tender heart, said Martin's family in a written statement. He loved Idaho and he loved to hunt and fish. He planned to go to nursing school after leaving the Army. Ethan leaves behind a loving family and many friends in Bonners Ferry and northern Idaho. His family includes his mother and father, his sister, 4 stepsisters and 3 stepbrothers. Ethan was preceded in death by his grandfathers Leroy Oakes and Ron Marcy. He will be greatly missed by his family and his friends.

Martin was assigned to 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

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