A Fairfield County soldier was killed Monday in Afghanstan, the Department of Defense has announced.

Pfc. David R. Fahey Jr., 23, of Norwalk, died Monday in Kandahar province of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Fahey was born in Norwalk, where he lived until he enlisted.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered the Connecticut and U.S. flags to fly at half staff in honor of Fahey.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Pfc. David Fahey," said Malloy. "Our country lost a brave and dedicated serviceman, and we stand with the men and women who are grieving the loss of Pfc. Fahey, and the families of the other brave soldiers, sailors, and airmen who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Our hearts go out to the soldiers who are working so hard, so far away from home. We wish for your safe and speedy return."

Flags will remain at half staff until sunset on the day of burial, details of which are pending.

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