Marine With Local Ties Killed in Combat

By: Department of Defense Release Email
By: Department of Defense Release Email

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- June 26, 2012 --

A Tallahassee marine was killed in Afghanistan June 22nd according to the department of defense. Steven Stevens attended FAMU for two years on a swimming scholarship, and now coaches and players are remembering him.

When Pfc. Steven Stevens was growing up in Detroit, he was a champion swimmer in high school. His abilities earned him a scholarship at FAMU, and he left lasting memories on the people he met along the way.

"He was a big guy in the sense that he was tall, but he was kind of like a gentle giant, never really got mad at stuff, but he did have this desire to understand what's going on in the world, travel and do things like that," said his former swim coach Doug Carrington.

Ed Royster also remembers Stevens. The two swam against each other as rivals in Detroit, but were on the same team at FAMU. Royster says that no matter what, Stevens could always make anyone laugh or smile.

Funeral arrangements for Pfc. Stevens are scheduled for Saturday, June 30th in Michigan. He leaves behind a wife and and 3 month old son.

Washington, D.C. June 25, 2012-

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pfc. Steven P. Stevens II, 23, of Detroit, died June 22 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Stevens attended FAMU on a swimming scholarship. He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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