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IED kills Norcross soldier
Staff sergeant dies in Afghanistan blast

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 29-year-old Army service member from Norcross was killed Tuesday when his vehicle struck an homemade bomb.

Staff Sgt. Donald T. Tabb died about 2 p.m. in Sangin, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device - commonly referred to as an IED - detonated near his vehicle.

Tabb was serving with the 6th Military Police Detachment, 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment. He was a dog handler serving in Afghanistan with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force.

He was formerly stationed in Fort Rucker, Ala.

According to a statement released by Fort Rucker, Tabb was survived by his mother, a Lawrenceville resident.

Family members could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.

Tabb's death marks the 15th Gwinnett soldier to die in recent Middle Eastern conflicts, said Carolyn Buice, co-founder of the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial.

"When you hear there's been another young man or woman who's lost their life in the name of freedom, it hurts your heart," said Buice. "But it also makes you swell with pride."

A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Fort Rucker Main Post Chapel, the Associated Press reported.

A Department of Defense spokesperson was not available for comment late Wednesday.

Tabb's death is under investigation.