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Marine lance corporal from Northern California dies in Afghanistan

July 13, 2010 |  2:06 pm
RoadsA Marine lance corporal from the Northern California town of Burney has died while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

Tyler A. Roads, 20, died Saturday in Helmand province. "The incident is under investigation," the military said.

Roads, a field radio operator, was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment from Camp Lejeune, N.C.

As a high school student, Roads loved to hunt turkeys and other game and was determined to join the Marine Corps, according to the Redding Record Searchlight

"He came to my class his senior year pretty much with his mind made up about what he wanted to be," a teacher said. "He had that spark in his eye. He held his head really high."

The Pentagon announcement said Roads is survived by his wife. Monday would have been his 21st birthday.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Lance Cpl. Tyler Roads. Credit: Redding Record Searchlight

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