U.S. soldier from Hazel Crest killed in attack in Kenya

Two other Americans, both contractors with the U.S. Department of Defense, were also killed Sunday by al-Shabab extremists at Manda Bay Airfield.

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Army Specialist Henry Mayfield Jr. with his mother, Carmoneta Horton-Mayfield.

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A U.S. soldier from Hazel Crest was among three people killed in an attack on a military base in Kenya.

The family of Henry Mayfield Jr. confirmed his death to WMAQ-TV. The 23-year-old held the rank of Army specialist.

Two other Americans, both contractors with the U.S. Department of Defense, were also killed Sunday by al-Shabab extremists at Manda Bay Airfield.

“I last spoke with him New Year’s Day via FaceTime,” said Mayfield’s mother, Carmoneta. “We discussed him not having to go to Somalia and he told me everything was good and safe at his base. He told me everything would be OK. Those were his last words to me.”

Al-Shabab, based in neighboring Somalia, claimed responsibility for the assault.

Mayfield joined the Army in 2018. He had graduated from Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills in 2014, which he .

“We are very proud to have been able to be a part of his life,” Principal Renee Simms said in a statement.

“Henry will be missed by many of our alumni, staff, and community members. We are beyond grateful for Henry’s service to our country, and we admire him for his bravery. We will look back fondly on the memories and moments we were fortunate enough to share with him at Hillcrest High School. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.”

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