Mount Pleasant civilian killed in Afghanistan after being kidnapped

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A Mount Pleasant man working as a civilian in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been killed.

Officials and family confirmed Tuesday that James W. "Will" Coker was killed.

An official who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity said Coker was kidnapped from a power plant where he was working and later strangled.

Carrie Hughes described her father as a wonderful man who was deeply religious and loved to travel. She said he had been on several mission trips to Africa with local church groups and had been in Afghanistan for about three months.

Coker was due back in South Carolina later this month and the family had been planning a get-together to welcome him back.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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