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Marine, Navy corpsman from Camp Pendleton killed in Afghanistan

Kane A Marine and a Navy corpsman, both assigned to a battalion from Camp Pendleton, have been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced.

Lance Cpl. Jeremy Kane, 22, and Navy Petty Officer 2nd-class Xin Qi, 25, were reservists assigned to the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion that had been deployed to Helmand province, a onetime Taliban stronghold.

The (Newark) Star-Ledger quoted Kane's family as saying military officials told them Kane was killed by a suicide bomber while on patrol. Kane and Qi were killed in the same incident, the military said.

Kane had been a student at the Camden campus of Rutgers University in New Jersey and Qi at the University of Texas before being called to active duty.

"He felt that every American had the duty to give back to his country," Kane's mother, Melinda Kane, told the newspaper.

As reservists, Kane, whose family lived in Cherry Hill, N.J., was assigned to Bravo Company at Frederick, Md., and Qi, of Cordova, Tenn., to the Navy Operational Support Center at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas.

Lt. Cmdr. Michael Evans said that Qi was "a dedicated sailor and invaluable asset to both his reserve unit and to my staff."

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Lance Cpl. Jeremy Kane. Credit: Rutgers University-Camden Veterans for Education

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