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24-year-old from Grand Rapids dies from wounds suffered in Afghanistan


Zachary Shanafelt was a field medic in the Army. He was injured in Afghanistan last year. He died at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. last Wednesday.

More from John Tunison of MLive:

Shanafelt was an field medic with A Battery, 1-84 Field Artillery, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Army Sgt. First Class Jeffrey Arnold, a casualty assistance officer, said Shanafelt was injured in 2011 and, since that time, has been at hospitals in both the United States and Germany. Visitation is 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Pederson Funeral Home in Rockford and the funeral is 11 a.m. Friday, with full military honors. Arnold did not immediately have details of Shanafelt's injuries.

Shanafelt's death raises the number of Michigan soldiers killed from injuries while in Afghanistan to 65.

Mark Brush was the station's Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.