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Local Soldier Killed In Iraq On Way To Visit Wife, Brother

"We wish the President would pull everybody out and bring them back home," Rodney Mathis, the cousin of a fallen soldier, said Wednesday night, as a few dozen family members and friends gathered to grieve.

Staff Sergeant Samuel Tyrone Castle, 26, was killed Tuesday, when a roadside bomb hit his convoy.

Castle was on his way to visit his wife, Staff Sergeant Nicole, 26, and his younger brother, Private Antwone Castle, 19, both in the military, stationed in Baghdad.

Samuel graduated from Hughes Springs High School in 1996, spent a few semesters at Tyler Junior College, then joined the army.

He met his wife while training in North Carolina. They have a 1-year-old son together. He also has a 6-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

After serving in the army for six years, Samuel and Nicole both re-enlisted this year.

"He was a good father, a wonderful son," Diedra Henderson, Samuel's aunt, said. "And I just don't think you can find anyone that would say anything bad about him."

"All you thinking is that he's over there defending his country. It's a shock to everything what's going on," Mathis said.

Samuel's father, Jimmy Tyrone Castle, told us this: "It's devastating. Right now, it's the initial shock... Not believing. He emailed all the time and he always said not to worry."

Julie Tam, reporting. jtam@kltv.com

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