Fernley Soldier Killed in Iraq

Another soldier with ties to northern Nevada has been killed in Iraq.

Family members say Army Pfc. Alejandro Varela, 19, of Fernley, was killed Friday when the vehicle he was riding in hit a makeshift bomb south of Baghdad.

The Department of Defense had not yet confirmed the death Monday
on its Web site.

Varela's father, Roger, told KOLO-TV that the military contacted the family over the weekend.

Varela attended Fernley High School and later received his general equivalency diploma, friends said.

Kathleen Jameson, program coordinator of the Fernley Adult Education Center, said she learned of Varela's death Sunday morning from a family friend.

"He was very focused on getting his GED so that he could join the military and he was very proud to join the military," Jameson recalled.

Varela's death comes a week after another soldier from northern Nevada was killed.

Army Sgt. Anthony J. Schober, 23, was killed May 12 in an ambush south of Baghdad.

Schober attended Douglas High School in Minden before the family moved to Carson City.

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