Medic killed in Afghanistan had 'always wanted to join the army'
A female soldier who dreamt of joining the Army as a schoolgirl has been killed in Afghanistan in what appeared to have been a case of friendly fire.
Corporal Channing Day (25), from Comber in Co Down, became the third British woman soldier to die in the country since the conflict began more than a decade ago.
One of her two sisters, Laken, said: "I am the proudest sister ever, her legacy will live on."
The soldier died alongside a Royal Marine and a suspected Afghan insurgent while on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.
Ms Day was a bubbly and sporty teenager who dreamed of joining the army as a schoolgirl, a former teacher said.
Strangford College acting principal Paul Maxwell said: "She always said she wanted to join the army, she was pretty much focused on wanting to join the army."
She completed work experience with the armed forces in 2002 and worked well with everybody there, Mr Maxwell added.
She was always physically fit and achieved top grades in PE, excelling at gymnastics, trampolining and netball.
He said her sporting prowess revealed her gritty determination to succeed.
"It was not just that she was good but that she always showed commitment, she stayed after school and did all the practice," he said.