Friendly fire may have killed Arlington Marine in Afghanistan

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 9 at 6:45 PM

ARLINGTON - In Arlington, friends and family members are mourning the death of a Marine reservist killed in combat Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Jeremy Smith was just 26-years-old.

The 2003 graduate of Martin High School in Arlington is being remembered as someone who left a lasting impression. His guidance counselor, Susan Kingen, fought back tears as she described Smith, saying he was driven, compassionate and someone she knew would succeed.

She said she is devastated by his death, but also praises his commitment to defending his country. She told News 8 that Smith was inspired to do so after September 11.

At Smith's Arlington home Friday morning, family members told News 8 they have been told friendly fire may be the cause of Smith's death. The Department of Defense is still investigating the incident.

Family members said Smith's parents spent Friday morning at Dover Air Force Base awaiting the return of their son's body.

Smith was in his first deployment to Afghanistan when he was killed. The light armored vehicle crewman was conducting combat operations. Previously, he had been deployed to Iraq three times.

E-mail  cvega@wfaa.com

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