(NEWS CENTER)-- A family in Newport is in mourning after learning their son and brother Army Captain John Brainard is dead.

Details are limited on exactly how Brainard died but he was on patrol in Afghanistan when the helicopter he was piloting went down.

John "Jay" Brainard graduated high school from Foxcroft Academy. He later earned a degree from the University of Maine.

Teachers describe Brainard as determined. They say he overcame many adversities and that he knew he wanted to join the Army at a young age.

Brainard died on Memorial Day.

The Army is investigating the crash. Chief Warrant Officer John Pratt of Springfield Virginia also died in the incident.

Officials with the town of Newport say they are waiting to hear from Brainard's family on where and when a memorial will be held.

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