Body of Lowcountry man killed in Afghanistan returns to Charleston

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The body of a Mount Pleasant man killed in Afghanistan returned to the Lowcountry on Wednesday.

A plane carrying 59-year-old James "Will" Coker arrived at Joint Base Charleston just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Planeside honors will be conducted for Coker on the flight line at Joint Base Charleston.

Department of Defense officials say Coker was kidnapped from a power plant Sept. 5 and killed in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Coker had been in Afghanistan for about three months Coker, working as a civilian with the army corps of engineers.

Coker was due back in South Carolina later this month and the family had been planning a get-together to welcome him back.

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