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COLUMBIA, S.C. -

The Pentagon says a female Army soldier from South Carolina is one of four soldiers killed near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Officials said Thursday that 21-year-old Spc. Ember Alt of Beech Island was among the soldiers who died Tuesday from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire.

Alt's death comes nearly a year to the day that 3 SC National Guardsmen were killed by a suicide bomber in the country. Those men were killed on June 20 and were from the Upstate and the Columbia area.

Alt was originally from Texas and enlisted in the Army in the spring of 2011.

Since Tuesday, there have been hundreds of messages on social media about Alt and how she affected others.

 "She's always had my back from the day I was born. She's my HERO, my everything my backbone and I know I need to keep pushing and keep my head up," wrote Kayla Alt-Landrum, who was Alt's sister.

"Words can't explain how much u mean to me. you made me who I am today you're the reason I strive every day. You were there when no one else was, sissy you're my world." 

Doni Parker-Dunn, Alt's grandmother was very saddened by the loss.

"This pain is deep, not only have I lost an adopted daughter, I'm watching my daughter and friend (Ember's mom) go thru the pain of losing her best friend and daughter!" Parker-Dunn wrote on Facebook. "And I can't do anything to ease their pain but pray!! Please keep us and her family lifted in prayer during this hard and difficult time." 

Alt died along with 21-year-old Spec. Robert Ellis, of Kennewick, Wash., and 30-year-old Spc. William Moody of Burleson, Texas. The three were with the 4th Infantry Division of Fort Carson, Colo.

The fourth soldier killed was identified as 25-year-old Sgt. Justin Johnson, of Hobe Sound, Fla. He was assigned to the 7th Sustainment Brigade of Fort Eustis, Va

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