UPDATE: Red Bay High grad killed in Afghanistan

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Sgt. Christopher R. Bell, a Red Bay, Ala., High School graduate and former Tishomingo County resident, was killed in Afghanistan on June 4.

News of his death was announced today by the Department of Defense, although his parents told the Times Daily of Florence, Ala., that they received the news Saturday night.

A memorial service will be held for Bell and the other three soldiers who died in an attack in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, said Lt. Col. Bill Coppernoll of the Alaska base.

The other soldiers killed were Sgt. Joshua D. Powell, Spc. Devin A. Snyder and PFC Robert L. Voakes Jr. All families were notified prior to release of the casualties’ names, Coppernoll said.

Bell, 21, joined the Army in July 2008 after graduating from Red Bay High School and served at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. before being stationed in Alaska in January 2009.

He and his wife, Samantha, have a daughter who will be two in August. Samantha Bell told the Times Daily that her husband’s funeral and burial will be in Columbus, Miss.

Bell had formerly lived in Golden in Tishomingo County.

Bell was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

More on this story as it is available.