Marine With Cincinnati Ties Killed In Iraq
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Last updated: 5/10/2005 4:38:44 PM
A Marine whose parents live in the Cincinnati area has been killed in Iraq.
Lance Corporal Taylor Prazynski, 20, who graduated from Fairfield High School in 2003, was killed Monday in a military battle against insurgents in the Al Anbar province.
Friends said Prazynski's life has come full-circle. He was born on an Air Force base and died in military service.
Tuesday, friends and family are wept over his young life lost.
"He was seriously one of the best guys ever. I'm not just saying that because of this but he would do anything for anyone," said Ashely Baker of Fairfield.
No one was surprised when Prazynski decided to join the Marines. Now his father is calling him a hero.
While his father is not yet ready to talk on camera, he did release a statement:
"We support what he chose to do and we support all the men and women over there. Especially the men and women who came back injured or disabled."
Prazynski's former Fairfield teachers described him as the reason they teach.
"The reason you tech if for these kids. They are the cause for the teachers and.. who care," said Gary Staggs, a Fairfield high school teacher.
Prazynski's parents live in Liberty Township. They learned the news around midnight Monday.
Coming up this evening, 9News' Deb Silverman will have interviews with Prazynski's friends and family.