Family: Meridian soldier wonderful, outgoing man May 6, 2013 (…) Courtesy of the Murach family Spc. Thomas Paige Murach of Meridian is among the five Fort Bliss soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan over the weekend.Murach, 22, was with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss. × Advertisement An Army statement Monday identified the dead as Murach, Spc. Kevin Cardoza of Mercedes, Texas; 1st Lt. Brandon James Landrum of Lawton, Okla.; Staff Sgt. Francis Gene Phillips IV of Meridian, N.Y.; and 24-year-old Spc. Brandon Joseph Prescott of Bend, Ore.“Tom was a wonderful, outgoing man who lived his life to the fullest. He was very gregarious and kind, and was always quick with a laugh and a smile for friends and acquaintances alike. We couldn’t imagine that anybody could meet him and not like him,” Murach's family said in a statement. Murach's family said he loved being an Army infantryman and never complained about the difficulty of his duties. Murach leaves behind his mother Mary, father Chet, brothers Nick, William and Mike along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.In another incident, a 30-year-old soldier from San Antonio died Wednesday after an April 27 roadside bombing in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson died at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. He served with 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.The Associated Press contributed to this report. More from this section Helpful or hurtful: Does screen time benefit young children? Posted: June 24, 2017 Molina Medicaid Solutions holds 4th annual Kids in Motion fair Posted: June 23, 2017 Meridian Lions Rodeo returns this weekend for 28th year Posted: June 23, 2017 Meridian man dies in motorcycle crash on Cole Road Posted: June 23, 2017 Meet Dairy Days Grand Marshal Marvin Stokes, educating ag leaders for decades Posted: June 23, 2017 Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Meridian Press Read the latest edition of the Meridian Press in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere. Issues prior to August 18, 2016 YouReport This is your chance to be the reporter. Tell us what's going on with you, your kids, and your community. Share your child's latest achievements, talk about that pothole that never gets fixed, or just speak your mind on what is happening in your community. Submit Your Articles Share the news that is important to you and your community. Post articles about local events, sports teams, community organizations, and more! Submit Your Photos Do you have a great local photo that you want to share with the world? Add it here!