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Camp Lejeune Marine, 21, dies in Iraq

A Camp Lejeune Marine died this week in Iraq, the Department of Defense announced late Friday.

Cpl. Reynold Armand, 21, of Rochester, N.Y., died Tuesday in Balad, Iraq, the Department of Defense said.

Military officials did not describe the circumstances of Armand's death and reported the incident is still under investigation.

Armand was assigned to 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, military officials reported.

Armand's family could not be reached for comment Friday, but in a story that appeared Tuesday in his hometown paper, The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the fallen Marine was described as a shy and respectful young man who loved football, video games and spending time with his family.

He enlisted in the Marines soon after graduating from Eastridge High School in 2004.

Armand's family and friends in Thursday's edition of The Democrat and Chronicle said the military had such a special place in his heart, he persuaded his adoptive mom to sign papers allowing him to enlist at the age of 17.

Armand's family last saw him in July, when he spent just more than two weeks home on leave.

They were notified of his death Thursday.

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