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Family of soldier killed in army vehicle rollover tell of heartbreak

The family of a soldier who died in an army vehicle rollover at a north Queensland training area has been left heartbroken.

Defence and police will investigate the deaths of Brendon Payne, 29, and a 40-year-old male soldier who is yet to be identified after the crash on Dotswood Road, near Mingela west of Townsville, involving members of the Brisbane-based 7th Combat Brigade on Monday.

Brendon Payne, 29, has been identified as one of two soldiers who were killed on Monday.

Brendon Payne, 29, has been identified as one of two soldiers who were killed on Monday.Credit:Facebook

Mr Payne’s aunt, Leanne Payne, shared her grief on social media.

“Yesterday we were told heartbreaking news that my gorgeous nephew was killed training in Townsville in his beloved army,” she said on Facebook.

“Words cannot express the heartache of my family and my brother and his family losing his 1st born.

“Our beautiful aimee, brendon’s wife, and best friend know that we love you so very much and thank you for coming into our lives, but mostly for making our Brendon the happiest man ever.”

Brendon Payne with his Aunt Leanne.

Brendon Payne with his Aunt Leanne.Credit:Facebook

Friend Josua Evans also shared photos and kind words about Mr Payne.

“My brother I can’t even speak it’s like dagger gone into my heart you are honestly one of my best friends my brother in arms you are and always will be my brother,” he wrote.

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