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Camp Pendleton Marine Sent Video to Parents Weeks Before He Died

Lance Cpl. John F. Farias was less than a month away from his 21st birthday when he was killed yesterday in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense reports Farias died during combat operations in Helmand province. He was assigned to Camp Pendleton’s 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force.

San Antonio television station KENS 5 spoke with Farias’ parents, Felix and Penny, soon after they learned the news of their son’s death. The Farias, who live in New Braunfels, Texas, said John sent them a video of himself just two weeks ago. In the video, he told his family how his violent surroundings forced him to grow up quickly. He looked forward to returning home in October (read more).