Colorado Soldier Killed in Iraq

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A soldier from Burlington, Colorado has died in Iraq.

The Kansas Army National Guard announced Tuesday that 24-year-old Specialist Derrick Joseph Lutters died Sunday when his vehicle was hit by a car bomber.

Lutters was a gunner in one of three vehicles performing a bridge and road reconnaissance mission.

Lutters was a serving in Iraq with the 891st Engineer Battalion out of Iola, Kansas.

His father, Chuck Lutters, says his son was single and had worked as a corrections officer in Burlington, about 15 miles west of the Kansas-Colorado border.

Chuck Lutters says his son wanted to be a peacemaker and saw his deployment to Iraq as a way to fulfill that role.

Lutters says he talked with his son Saturday and could tell the war was wearing on him by the uncertainty in his voice.