Friends and family of a 22-year-old soldier from Sprague confirmed Monday that he was among five killed in a friendly fire airstrike in southern Afghanistan.

U.S. Defense officials said the Americans killed were part of special operations troop. An Afghan officer was also killed in the coalition airstrike. 

One of the victims was a Sprague High School graduate, Justin Clouse, according to his family and friends.

Officials believed the soldiers came into contact with Taliban fighters, called in for air support, and may have mistakenly been hit by friendly fire. 

Sprague residents said Clouse would be honored for his sacrifice. 

Clouse played varsity football during his time at Sprague High School. He was also captain of the basketball team and ASB vice president. 

Flags at the high school were at half-staff on Tuesday in memory of Clouse. 

School officials said they planned to have a memorial service for Clouse in the fall. Military funeral arrangements were still being finalized on Tuesday.