Families remember the fallen
The family of Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker say they will feel forever blessed to have known her.
Private Richard Harris and Corporal Luke Tamatea also died in the roadside bomb attack northeast of Bamiyan province.
In a statement released today from her family, they say Jacinda was and will always be remembered as an amazing daughter, partner, sister, granddaughter, great granddaughter, cousin, niece, friend and soldier in the New Zealand Army.
We are still coming to grips with what has happened and words cannot express what we are feeling.
We feel forever blessed to have known her in her short 26 years. She was only nine days away from her 27th birthday on August 28.
Jacinda was a girl full of spirit, always ready for her next adventure. She was fearless and would give anything a go. Jacinda was loyal and our rock.
She was the one to turn to if you needed someone calm, with practical help to get you through whatever it was you were going through.
Jacinda was professional. She was proud to be a medic in the New Zealand Army, proud of the work she carried out, and we in turn were and are so incredibly proud of her.
We know that she is in an amazing place with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, however, we will miss her more than she ever will know.
She leaves behind a hole in our family that can never be filled.
We realise that we are not alone in this – there are two other families also grieving with the loss of their loved ones – and all of our sincere best wishes and condolences go to those families.
Our love and prayers are with them. We also wish to give thanks for the amazing love and support we have experienced from so many different people.
The family have asked for respect and privacy as they mourn.