A 20-year-old Marine based at Camp Lejeune has been killed while serving in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense said Friday that Lance Cpl. Christopher S. Fowlkes from South Carolina, died Thursday.
WYFF-TV reports that Fowlkes died at a military hospital in Germany, where he had been recuperating from injuries from an explosion earlier in the week. Family friend LeighAnn Turner told the station Fowlkes' parents had flown to Germany after their son was injured Sept. 3 in Helmand province.
Fowlkes was from Gaffney, S.C. He was assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
Turner says Fowlkes was a graduate of Gaffney High School. His body was expected to arrive in the United States Friday.