(CP) - The horrors of a far-off war reached deep into a tiny Newfoundland community Wednesday as word trickled out that one of their own was among Afghanistan's latest casualties.

Rita Gillam was at her home in South Branch when she learned late Tuesday evening that her beloved nephew had been killed in an attack by insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles outside Kandahar city.

The grieving relative said she was stunned by the news that Sgt. Craig Paul Gillam was dead, just days after she had spoken to him and he talked of coming home.

"He was a wonderful man, a wonderful child. . . . He was just so good," she said from the community of about 150 people on Newfoundland's southwestern tip.