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Missouri Marine killed in Afghanistan was ‘amazing kid’

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A Marine from Missouri who was among 13 service members killed in the suicide bombing at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan was an “amazing young man” who decided early in his high school years to join up.

Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz of Wentzville was 20 when he died Thursday. Funeral arrangements are still pending.

Mark Schmitz told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his son decided on the Marines around his freshman or sophomore year at Fort Zumwalt South High School, from which he graduated in 2019. Mark Schmitz said his son enlisted the same year and embraced the calling.

“Amazing kid, amazing young man, with a big future that’s now been cut short,” he said.

Jared Schmitz was among a group of Marines sent back to Afghanistan to assist with evacuation efforts, his father said.

The bombing was blamed on Afghanistan’s offshoot of the Islamic State group, a lethal enemy of both the Taliban and the West.

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