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Slain Soldier's Wife: Deployment was Due to End in 2 Weeks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The family and friends of a Springfield soldier, killed by an IED in Afghanistan Sunday, are mourning his death and remembering his commitment to his country.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The family and friends of a Springfield soldier, killed by an IED in Afghanistan Sunday, are mourning his death and remembering his commitment to his country.

Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, was killed Oct. 6 when his unit was attacked in the Zhari District.

Peters was assigned to the 5th Military Police Battalion in Vicenza, Italy.  The Army's Criminal Investigation Command tells KOLR10 News Peters was assigned to the CID Special Operations unit, with expertise in gathering evidence in felony level crimes.   Peters was the first special agent for CID to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, a spokesman told KOLR10.

Ashley Peters, Joe's wife, tells KOLR10 News he was two weeks away from his deployment ending.
"My husband was deployed 3 times. 2 to Iraq and 1 to Afghanistan. This deployment was almost over, he was coming home in 2 weeks," she says.

"My husband was always interested in the military or being a police officer, he ended up doing both as an army criminal investigator. He joined the military while in high school, and left for basic a week after we graduated."

Peters was a 2007 graduate of Republic High School. "We were high school sweethearts. We were married in December 2007. This December would make 6 years. Our son is 20 months old...and looks just like his daddy. Our sons name is Gabriel. Joe loved him SO much."

About Peters' service in the military, Ashley tells KOLR10 News: "My husband was always willing to learn more and loved the training he received in the Army.
He was very protective of us, his family. He was very happy about this deployment and was looking forward to doing so much good for our country.
He was a GREAT man, and everyone only has positive things to say. He will never be forgotten. He loved Springfield, he loved his family, he loved his job and he loved his country."

Also killed in the explosion were 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, Calif., Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, of Carlisle, Pa., and Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore.

Ashley Peters also tells KOLR10 News her husband's death benefits are in limbo because of the federal budget stalemate.  "Yes, we will currently not be receiving death benefits. We will not be able to get help until the government shut down is over."

Friends of the family have set up an online auction to raise money for the family.  You can view the Facebook events page here.

A group of Joe's friends involved in second amendment rights is also hosting an online fundraiser on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/fundrazr/campaigns/6cHie

Donations can also be made directly by PayPal to FriendsofJoePeters@yahoo.com

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