Soldier from Salem dies in Afghanistan bombing

James Ayube had six months left on his tour in Afghanistan. James Ayube had six months left on his tour in Afghanistan.
By Travis Andersen
Globe Staff / December 10, 2010

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A US Army medic from Salem was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan Wednesday, his brother said.

Army Sergeant James A. Ayube Jr., 25, died of injuries suffered on patrol in Kandahar Province, his brother Alexander Ayube, 24, said in a phone interview from the family’s home last night. He said the military told the family of his brother’s death late Wednesday.

Alexander Ayube said his brother, who had served previously in Iraq, had six months left on his tour.

He said his brother’s wife was at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware last night to identify the fallen soldier’s remains and have them brought to Salem. He said she had requested to make the first public statements in memory of her husband, possibly today.

“We’re all exhausted,’’ said Alexander Ayube. “We were up all night getting information.’’

His brother graduated from Salem High School in 2003, he said, and later earned a degree from Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.

He said James Ayube leaves his wife, Lauren, and a younger sister, Ashleigh, as well as his parents, James Sr. and Christina. He said the family has not made funeral arrangements.

A spokesman for the Department of Defense could not be reached for comment, and Jean-Guy Martineau, veteran’s agent for Salem, did not return messages last night.

He confirmed Ayube’s death in an interview with the Salem News.

Alexander Ayube said his brother completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., about four years ago.

Salem city councilor Michael Sosnowski said last night in a phone interview that he had been James Ayube’s scoutmaster in the city’s local Boy Scout troop for about seven years.

He was a caring youth who, along with his brother, would often help younger boys in the troop and watch out for them during water sport events that could sometimes become “overly aggressive’’ in a friendly way, Sosnowski said.

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