(CNN) - A day before her death, journalist Michelle Lang posted a blog entry about a woman from Canada who, like herself, had voluntarily signed up to work alongside the soldiers in Afghanistan.
Lang, 34, died Wednesday along with four Canadian soldiers when a roadside bomb struck their armored vehicle in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar. The soldiers' names were released Thursday: Sgt. George Miok, Sgt. Kirk Taylor, Cpl. Zachery McCormack and Pvt. Garrett William Chidley. Read more on the Canadian reaction
Lang's "combat barber" blog post for The Calgary Herald elicited dozens of entries expressing shock and sadness over her sudden death.
"I remember being overseas on a military tour at the age of 35, one year older than you were," C from Ontario wrote. "Like you, back then I was unafraid to be in harm's way, and the adrenalin of working at such an exciting job and the camaraderie and intense job satisfaction compensated for having to leave my loved ones behind.
"You died doing what you loved and your death is not in vain, because of your writing, which kept us in touch with how you portrayed everyday life with our troops. I wish you everlasting peace and send my condolences to your family and friends."
She was remembered by her newspaper as a journalist who "never took the easy way out," and who yearned to leave the main military base in Kandahar and talk to the troops in combat.
She had been working with a provincial reconstruction team made up of soldiers and civilian social workers who were working to rebuild parts of Afghanistan, according to the Herald.
Two days before her death, she wrote an e-mail saying she hoped her assignment would "produce some interesting stories on the civilian-reconstruction side, as well as some military ones," the newspaper reported.
Lang, who was recently engaged to be married, is the first Canadian journalist killed while covering the war in Afghanistan. There are more than 2,800 Canadian troops supporting the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, one of the largest contingents. Read more about Wednesday's bombing
CNN's Atia Abawi, who recently returned to an assignment in Kandahar province, said the military convoy carrying Lang was traveling in an area outside Kandahar city that was considered relatively safe.
Abawi, who did not know Lang, said her death struck a chord.
"I can't imagine ... I've lived here for over a year, others [journalists] come in and out," Abawi said. "We've been lucky, and this poor woman died on her first assignment."