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Two Schofield soldiers killed in chopper crash

AFGHANISTAN (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Black Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Thursday killed four U.S. service members, including two Schofield Barracks soldiers. The military hasn't officially released the names of the victims yet, but friends have identified the two soldiers.

One of them is reportedly Chris Workman, 33, of Idaho. Another victim is Dean Shaffer, 23, of Illinois. Shaffer chose to pursue a career in the military early in life. He joined the Army in 2007 after graduating from high school.

"He was in the drill team in ROTC, and he was in the rifle team with me for a short time, and he did a lot of community service," recalled Brennan Spiesz, Shaffer's former classmate.

"Through ROTC I met him. We went to our first military ball together. We became really good friends after that," said friend Jessica Robertson.

Robertson now wears a jacket he sent her as she mourns the death one of her best friends.

"He was by my side with everything. He'd be by anybody's side if they needed him to. Even if he was in Iraq or anywhere, he'd still be with you through contact on Facebook or however he could," Robertson said.

"It's exactly what Dean wanted to do. It takes a really brave person to be able to go into the military and do the things that he did. We don't have enough people like that," said Spiesz.

According to Shaffer's Facebook page, he was a crew chief who lived at Wheeler Army Airfield. He was one of four American service members killed when an Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan. The chopper was reportedly heading to the scene of a suicide bombing at a police checkpoint. The military believes the crash was weather-related, but the Taliban claims its fighters shot down the helicopter.

"He was ready to take whatever the job was and go through it, do everything he could 110% and finish it out and be proud of what he did," Spiesz said.

Robertson says this was Shaffer's second tour in Afghanistan.

"He was supposed to be done with everything next March and he was gonna get out of it and do what he wanted to do in life. He wanted to be able to come home to everybody and now he can't," Robertson said.

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