Family Says Former ECU Student Dies In Afghanistan

The family of a former ECU student says the Marine reservist has died of injuries he suffered in an attack last week in Afghanistan.

Sgt. David Smith's cousin Ann Rudd told a Frederick, Maryland newspaper that the 25-year-old Marine died Tuesday. The Defense Department hasn't yet announced the death publicly.

Rudd says military officials have told the family that Smith was wounded in a bombing Saturday in Helmand province that killed at least two others from the Frederick-based 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Company B.

She says Smith was a 2002 graduate of Frederick High School. Smith is a former student at East Carolina University. He was last enrolled in Spring of 2009.

His Facebook page says Smith was an industrial technology student at ECU.

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