BEAVERTON, Ore. – A local soldier from Beaverton has died in combat in Afghanistan, according to his father who spoke with KATU News on Thursday.
Pfc. Andrew Keller, 22, had just been deployed about a month ago, according to family friends.
According to the Department of Defense, Keller was killed by small arms fire when his unit came under attack Aug. 15 in Charkh, which is about 50 miles south of Kabul.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy, according to the military.
Keller was a standout member of the Southridge High School’s football team, a team captain and a multi-sport varsity athlete.
His father, Jeff Keller, was manager of the Murray Hill Little League team that went to the Little League World Series in 2006.
His younger brother, Derek Keller, was a member of that Little League team.
On Thurday, Keller's aunt sent KATU News this statement on behalf of her brother Jeff:
Andrew is a wonderful human being who deeply cared about his fellow soldiers, his family, and the ones he loved. Thank you for honoring this amazing man,