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The family of Corporal Channing Day has released this statement:
Major Chris Hall Royal Marines, Officer Commanding Charlie Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines gave this tribute to Corporal David O'Connor:
The Ministry of Defence has released new details about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Corporal David O’Connor and Corporal Channing Day:
The Ministry of Defence has named the Royal Marine who was killed in Afghanistan yesterday as Corporal David O’Connor from 40 Commando Royal Marines.
The MLA for the Northern Ireland constituency where Channing Day grew up, Jonathan Bell, has sent his condolences to her family. He said:
Channing Day was a bubbly and sporty teenager who dreamed of joining the Army as a schoolgirl, a former teacher said today.
The acting principal of Strangford College Paul Maxwell said: "She always said she wanted to join the Army, she was pretty much focused on wanting to join the Army."
He said her sporting prowess revealed her gritty determination to succeed.
"It was not just that she was good but that she always showed commitment, she stayed after school and did all the practice," he added.
The First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson has expressed his sympathy for the family of Channing Day who was killed on patrol in Afghanistan yesterday.
It is understood the 25-year-old medic was originally from Comber, Co Down.
Mr Robinson said: "It is with great regret and sadness that I have learned of the death of this young soldier who has tragically lost her life while trying to protect and save the lives of those around her.
"The incredible bravery displayed by our armed forces is immense and the risk they take on a daily basis can never be underestimated."
The Ministry of Defence has named the soldier killed in Afghanistan yesterday as 25-year-old Channing Day from 3 Medical Regiment.
She was killed while on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province while serving with Task Force Helmand.
A Royal Marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines also died in the incident.
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Tributes have been paid to Channing Day, a medic with 3 Medical Regiment, who was killed on patrol in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
It is still not clear exactly what happened. But a young woman is dead and a young Marine from 40 Commando has died beside her.