US Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher Jacob Levy, from Ramseur, North Carolina, died on 10th December 2011 in a US military hospital in Germany. He was shot by a sniper while on patrol in Helmand province on Wednesday 7th December and had been evacuated to Germany.
21-year-old LCpl Levy, serving with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, had volunteered for this deployment, his second tour in Afghanistan.
LCpl Levy's stepfather, Kevin Sheek, told local news reporters: "Jacob died doing a job he was willing to die for. He was an awesome man and an awesome Marine." He went on to say that LCpl Levy was an organ donor and, "there will be triumph through the tragedy. Other people will live because Jacob laid his life down."
LCpl Levy leaves behind his mother Amanda Sheek, father Christopher Alan Levy, stepfather Kevin Sheek and three brothers, Payne Sheek (14), Elijah Sheek (9) and Thunder Levy (11).