Local hero dies in deadly shootout

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - A Midlothian family is mourning the death of a young man shot and killed in Afghanistan.

31-year-old Air Force Captain and VMI alumnus, Charles Ransom, was one of 8 people killed when an Afghan military pilot opened fire at Kabul's airport on Wednesday. The gunman, disgruntled over his finances, was also killed.

Ransom accomplished a lot in his military career.

During his years at VMI, Ransom, a computer science major served as vice president of his class...he was a cadet corporal, platoon sergeant, and a Rat Challenge corporal.

Upon graduation, he started off as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

He had just been selected to be promoted to 'major' - when he died.

Cousin, Antoine Ransom still lives in Midlothian. The two grew up together under the same roof.

Charles' dad served in the army and his brother serves in the navy - you can say - service for our country runs in their blood.

"Charles is the person that would give you literally the shirt off his back, I mean everyone who knew Charles knew that he always had a smile on his face. He always had a positive outlook on life. When everyone else was negative, he was the one who would make the situation lighter and get everyone in a better mood," said cousin Antoine Ransom.

Ransom graduated from Midlothian High School in 1997. Antoine says Charles was not only the Captain of the baseball team; he was captain of the football team during his years there.

"He played sports, great athlete always a hard worker always a great team mate," he said.

Loved by his teachers and adored by his friends. Charles had so much more to offer.

"Charles died doing what Charles wanted to do," he said.

Captain Ransom leaves behind a mother father brother and cousin, Antoine.

His parents went north to Dover, Virginia to identify his body. They're working on making funeral arraignments.

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