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Aug 9, 2010 9:36 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado memorial planned for dentist killed in Afghanistan

Friends and family of a Durango dentist killed in Afghanistan say he was dedicated to delivering free dental care to children in poor countries.

Thomas Grams, 51, was one of 10 members of a medical team gunned down last week. The Taliban has claimed credit for the attack, saying the workers were trying to convert Muslims to Christianity. Grams' twin brother, Tim, denied that. He says his brother knew the laws of Afghanistan and respected them.

Khris Nedam, head of a charity called Kids 4 Afghan Kids, also said the medical group never talked religion.

Katy Shaw of Global Dental Relief described Grams as "a sweetie pie" who was quiet and shy but opened up around children.

A memorial service is planned Sunday in Durango.

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