Marine from St. Clair Co. Killed in Afghanistan

Updated: Thursday, 17 Jun 2010, 10:29 PM EDT

Published : Thursday, 17 Jun 2010, 10:29 PM EDT

CHINA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – A 23-year-old Marine from St. Clair County described by those who knew him as proud of his service has died while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan, the military said Thursday.

Cpl. Jeffrey R. Standfest died Wednesday in Helmand province, the Defense Department said in a statement. His family lives in China Township, but the military listed his hometown as the nearby community of St. Clair.

He was a graduate of St. Clair High School, where he excelled as a runner. Clinton Township police spokesman Detective Capt. Richard Maierle knew Standfest since the Marine was a young child and said he was proud to serve.

“He was an outstanding high school athlete and a respectful person who loved his family and loved being in the Marine Corps,” Maierle said. “He was just an overall great kid.”

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