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Washington, D.C. – A report from the Pentagon today indicated that Specialist Jonn J. Edmunds, 20, of Cheyenne was one of two U.S. Army Rangers killed Saturday in relation to strikes against terrorists in Afghanistan.

Edmunds and Pvt. 1st Class Kristofor T. Stonesifer, 28, of Missoula, Montana were on board a Black Hawk Helicopter when the helicopter crashed in Pakistan. Initial reports indicate the cause of the crash was related to complications from dust kicked up by the craft's rotors. The helicopter crew was apparently standing by ready to conduct a search and rescue mission in support of the troops completing operations in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon said the bodies of the two Rangers will be transported to Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement.

"Since September 11, I have been grieving with my fellow Americans because of the destruction brought upon us by a few evil extremists. Since then we have moved forward and began to heal as best we could. But this news today renews my grief and sadness. I can only imagine what Jonn's family and the family of Mr. Stonesifer are feeling right now. I send them my heartfelt condolences and I pray for their comfort.

"The people of Wyoming have always been especially close. We care about our state and we care deeply about each other. This loss brings our country's fight against terrorism very close to home. It will bring us even closer as we grieve with the families of the fallen, help those in need and stand up against our enemies.

"I'm proud of Specialist Edmunds and Private Stonesifer and all of the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country. We are behind you."