A family friend says a North Carolina soldier was killed in Iraq while trying to help fellow soldiers after a roadside bomb exploded.
The military says Specialist Ryan D. Russell of Elm City died Monday when a bomb went off near his unit. Two other soldiers based at Fort Hood, Texas, also were killed.
Family friend Barbara Whitehead says Russell was aiding soldiers whose Humvee had been hit by a spring-loaded improvised explosive device when a second device went off.
Whitehead, whose son is in Russell's company, said Russell deployed in August.
She said Russell's mother contacted her shortly after an Army casualty team came to her home in Ayden, a town south of Greenville.