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Marine from Camp Pendleton killed in Afghanistan

June 25, 2012 |  2:00 pm

A Marine from Camp Pendleton has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Pfc. Steven Stevens II, 23, of Detroit, was killed Friday in Helmand province. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, from Camp Pendleton.

Stevens left for Afghanistan on March 21, a week before his son was born, according to a story in the Detroit Free Press.

Stevens attended Florida A&M on a swimming scholarship for two years before enlisting in the Marine Corps. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan. His body is set arrive tonight at Dover Air Force Base.

"We're spiritual people," Stevens' uncle, Dwight Akins, told the Free Press. "We just believe God will answer and God will take care of us."

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