BORING, Ore. (AP) — A 22-year-old Oregon Marine who died in combat in Afghanistan earlier this week had been making plans for a July wedding.

The Defense Department says Cpl. Keaton G. Coffey of Boring was killed Thursday in Helmand province. The Oregonian ( reports that he was on his second tour in Afghanistan and planned to marry a woman he met through his mother.

Coffey graduated from Damascus Christian School in 2007. His former principal, Tim Oakley, says he was polite and respectful and was “every parent’s dream.” He says Coffey was elected student body president during his senior year.

History teacher Linda Urbanowski says Coffey had hoped to become a firefighter after he was done with the Marines. His father has spent more than 35 years at Portland Fire & Rescue.

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