Bend, Ore. soldier among five killed in Afghanistan

PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon soldier was one of five killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Saturday, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Spc. Brandon J. Prescott, 24, of Bend died of his injuries after an improvised explosive device struck the group's vehicle in the Maiwand District of the Kandahar Province.

KTVZ reports Prescott deployed to Afghanistan on Dec. 12, 2012.

The Fort Bliss, Texas soldiers were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Prescott had a twin brother named Aaron, as well as two other brothers who were also twins, The Oregonian reported.

"He was a hero and an inspiration for all of us," Aaron Prescott told The Oregonian. "Before he left for Afghanistan, he told us that if he died, he wanted us to be proud of him and hold our heads up because we know he was doing something he loved."