23-Year-Old Henry Mayfield Jr. Killed In A Terrorist Attack At A Kenyan Military Base

23-Year-Old Henry Mayfield Jr. Killed In A Terrorist Attack At A Kenyan Military Base

He was among the three American soldiers who died during the attack.

A 23-year-old U.S. soldier was killed at a military base in Kenya following a terrorist attack at Manda Bay Airfield. Two defense contractors with the Department of Defense were also among the three who died in the attack. The terrorist attack was mounted by the organization Al-Shabab, as reported by ABC.

His death came as a great shock to his friends and family as they all knew him to be one of the bright ones with a great future ahead. He was a kind and loving man and a great soldier. 

His aunt, Tawanna Cotten Finner, released a statement on Monday that said: "At this time, we would like to say thank you for all your kind words that we have received. The loss of a child is devastating no matter how it occurs. This was a senseless act of violence that has changed our lives forever. Our son was a great big brother, cousin and above all he was an awesome person. We will miss him tremendously. He brought joy to everyone he came into contact with. We will miss that joy. At this time, we are asking for time to grieve in privacy."

The African Command, Africom, released a statement talking about the attack at the airfield. It said: The attack "involved indirect and small arms fire. After an initial penetration of the perimeter, Kenya Defense Forces and U.S. Africa Command repelled the al-Shabaab attack. Reports indicate that six contractor-operated civilian aircraft were damaged to some degree. Manda Bay Airfield is utilized by U.S. forces whose missions include providing training to our African partners, responding to crises, and protecting U.S. interests in this strategically important area."

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