SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — A graduate of Seattle’s Roosevelt High School was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan.

23-year-old Marine Sgt. William Stacey grew up in Seattle with his parents, Robert and Robin, who are both professors in the University of Washington’s History Department.

The Defense Department announced Stacey’s death Wednesday. He died Tuesday in Helmand province.

His father tells The Seattle Times that Stacey was on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan. Robert Stacey says his son “saw himself as helping to defend his country and trying to make life better for the Afghan people.”

William Stacey was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.


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