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Friends remember Springs soldier killed in bomb attack

Spc. Rob Nichols, 24, killed in Afghanistan

Remembering Spc. Rob Nichols

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A bomb attack in Afghanistan killed a soldier from Colorado Springs Tuesday.

Spc. Rob Nichols, 24, was stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He was a 2007 graduate of Sand Creek High School.

"All he ever did, honestly, was try to do the right thing," said high school friend Derek Alberti. "He never tried to hurt anybody."

Alberti said Nichols loved dirt biking and camping and lived each day to the fullest.

"To know Rob, he looked at life a little differently than most people," said Alberti. "Everybody's just going through the motions. He lived it up."

Nichols and Alberti worked together at D&B Precision Products, a sheet metal shop in Colorado Springs.

"(He was) funny, always had a smile on his face," said their supervisor Sam Fuson. "Energetic, always had a good time."

Nichols ended up at the same post, in the same unit that Fuson had been in 11 years ago.

"He told me he had got Fort Stewart, Georgia, 3rd Infantry Division. I was pretty excited about it," said Fuson.

Both men said Nichols death is heartbreaking.

"It kills me a little bit inside," said Alberti. "Such a young guy, he was really starting to get his head on his shoulders. It's just such a shame to see somebody like that go."

Two other soldiers died alongside Nichols in the IED attack; 24-year-old Stefan Smith of Georgia and 25-year-old Jonam Russell of Arizona. All three soldiers were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

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