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Lejeune Marine dies after being shot in Afghanistan

Posted December 11, 2011

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— A Camp Lejeune Marine and Greensboro native died Saturday evening after being shot by a sniper in Afghanistan, his family told WFMY News.

Lance Cpl. Jacob Levy, 21, was shot in the head Wednesday while patrolling on foot in the Kajaki district of the Helmand province, his relatives said. Levy was flown to a U.S. military hospital in Germany, where his family joined him before he died.

His stepfather, Kevin Sheek, told WFMY News that Levy's death is "bittersweet."

"Jacob died doing a job he was willing to die for," Sheek said. "He was an awesome man and an awesome Marine."

Levy had volunteered to go on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, his stepfather said.

Sheek said that Levy was an organ donor, and "people will remember Jacob and live a long life because of him."

In addition to his stepfather, Levy is survived by his mother, Amanda Sheek; father, Chris Levy; and three stepbrothers, ages 14, 11 and 9.

Levy was born in Greensboro and moved to Ramseur as a teenager. He joined the Marines after graduating from Eastern Randolph High School in 2009, where he participated in the JROTC program.

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  • SFSOLDIER Dec 12, 2011

    I am sorry that you lost your life at such a young age...God Bless you! You are a great American and Marine, you will be missed greatly.

  • u stand corrected Dec 12, 2011

    Frizz, I couldn't have said it better. Semper Fi young Warrior. May you finally rest in peace. Much love and prayers to the family.

  • mstrspydog Dec 12, 2011

    Semper Fi Marine, and take your post at heaven's gates

  • iwasjustsaying Dec 12, 2011

    Thank you Lance Cpl. Jacob Levy. God Bless your family.

  • jamesvasilko Dec 12, 2011

    Another Marine is guarding the streets of Heaven today. Thank you for your service Lance Cpl. Levy. May you rest in peace.

  • Frizz Dec 12, 2011

    Thomas Jefferson said, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants".

    We are afforded a life of leisure, free from fear, free from danger, because of brave patriots like Jacob Levy.

    Thank you, Marine. You are my hero.

  • Wendellcatlover Dec 12, 2011

    Rest in peace hero.