Colorado residents hope for thousands of flags to honor Special Forces soldier who died in Afghanistan

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HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (KKTV) - A Special Forces soldier from Fort Carson died Sunday following an incident in Afghanistan.

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Residents in Florissant told 11 News Sgt. 1st Class Elliot Robbins was the owner of Costello's Coffee Shop alongside his wife. Deuane Bogaty shared a message on Facebook asking anyone in the community to "grab a flag or two and plant them outside Costello's before they open in the morning on the Fourth (in the borders - not blocking the parking lot. ) Let's flood the place with love and support!"

Several people who saw the post asked 11 News to share the information hoping for thousands of flags outside the shop. The coffee shop is located at 2679 W. Highway 24.

The Department of Defense stated Sgt. 1st Class Elliott Robbins was originally from Ogden, Utah. They did not go into detail on how he died, saying only that it was not combat related.

A highly-decorated soldier, Robbins had served in the military since 2006 and was on his third deployment at the time of his death. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Carson.

"A skilled soldier with three combat deployments, Robbins
will always be remembered,” said Col. Lawrence G. Ferguson,
10th SFG (A) commander. "We mourn the tragic passing ... The 10th Special Forces Group has paid a heavy toll in recent days. While we mourn, we will support Sgt. 1st Class Robbins' family and honor his service."