Soldier from Avondale killed in Afghanistan

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By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer

AVONDALE, Ariz. - The Department of Defense confirmed the death of a 23-year-old soldier from Avondale serving in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Donald V. Stacy died June 28 in Kandahar, Afghanistan from wounds he suffered during an attack by insurgents with an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense release.

Stacy was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was a squad leader in Company B.

Stacy joined the army in 2005 and attended training in Georgia. He arrived to the 1st Battalion in 2006 and served in Alpha Company before joining Bravo Company.

Stacy's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Medal, two Overseas Service Ribbons, the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

This was his third deployment. He is survived by his mother, Felicia Escobedo, who lives in Avondale.