MD Soldier Dies on Daughter's Birthday

Sunday, Aug 14, 2011  |  Updated 4:06 PM EDT
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MD Soldier Dies on Daughter's Birthday

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A soldier who grew up in Baltimore died in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Specialist Jameel Freeman, age 26, was killed while deployed, his family told WBAL.

He was a graduate from Walbrook High School in west Baltimore, and was a dedicated martial artist.

"He was very disciplined," Del Ali Rawlings, a family friend told WBAL.  "He showed a lot of integrity.  He was a good family man who cared for his children very much."

He leaves behind his wife and two children.  Freeman's 4-year-old daughter had her birthday on the same day that he died.

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