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Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Jeschke of Herndon Dies in Afghanistan

Jeschke, who was stationed out of Camp Pendleton, died Friday during checkpoint attack

Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Jeschke of Herndon Dies in Afghanistan

A 31-year-old Herndon resident serving with the Marines in Afghanistan has died.

Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Jeschke died during an attack in Afghanistan on Friday,  according to the Marine Corps Times

Jeschke was in the Helmand province in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, according to a Department of Defense press release. He was a member of the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Jeschke and two other Marines were shot to death at a police checkpoint in Sangin, the Associated Press reported. The shooter is believed to be an Afghan National Police officer, and has been apprehended, the AP reported. 

Jeschke was a critical skills operator and a Purple Heart recipient who had earned four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, according to the Marine Corps Times. 

"He will be remembered as a hero that helped those in need," one woman wrote on a tribute page created by Marine Parents Inc.

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