Former Virginia High School football star dies in Afghanistan

Posted at 12:04 AM, Jun 29, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-29 00:47:34-04

First lieutenant Chase Prasnicki died from a blast caused by an improvised explosive device.

The 24-year-old from Rockbridge County had only just arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday.

Friends, family and the community gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember him.

Prasnicki was a star quarterback at Rockbridge High School and went on to play football at the U.S. Military Academy.

He graduated from West Point in 2010.

The Army ranger leaves behind a wife.