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Kennewick High Graduate Killed During First Tour in Afghanistan

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - A 2010 graduate of Kennewick High School was one of four U.S. troops killed Tuesday in Afghanistan.

The class of 2010 at KeHS graduated quite a few kids planning to serve our country. While that only reinforces pride in these Lion alums it can come at a cost. Unfortunately, the Ellis family has now paid the ultimate price.

"I keep on thinking, he's going to come home,' said Robby's little brother, Jimmy Ellis.

Robby won't be coming home, though. The Ellis family learned Robby died a hero Tuesday, when casualty chaplains knocked on their door.

"My dad answered the door and he tried to tell them that they had the wrong house.. But no," Jimmy said.

"It's always in the back of your mind. It's a risk of being in the military. But it's just something that you never think is going to happen to you or someone that you know," said Robby's best friend, TJ Tolliver.

Robby had only been deployed on his first tour since November. However, his love of the military ran deep. He had recently re-enlisted for another five years.

"At Kennewick high, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We've always been very proud of Robby and we'll continue to be proud of Robby as he gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us and we will never forget that," said Kennewick High School assistant principal Ron King.

"I'm pretty much trying to be the strong person in the family. Saying we have to get back on our feet," Jimmy said.