TYRONE, N.Y. (AP) - An Army specialist poised to return home in
12 days to get married in western New York was killed on patrol in
Spc. Christopher Scott, 21, who left for his first tour overseas
two months ago, died of wounds Saturday when insurgents fired on
his unit in Kandahar province, the Department of Defense said.
Scott, from the Finger Lakes hamlet of Tyrone, was the eldest of
three sons and was a military police officer assigned to the 101st
Airborne. He had been based at Fort Campbell, Ky., before deploying
"The community is just in shock, and I know it's terrible to
say but ... why Chris? He just left," longtime family friend Amy
Francione told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
His parents, Kenny and Tammy Scott, traveled to Dover Air Force
in Delaware with their sons and his fiancee, Torey Oden, for the
return of his remains.
Scott was a passionate high school football player in Dundee,
where he graduated in 2009.
Word of his death filtered through the crowd and spread gloom at
a varsity football game Saturday night, said Dundee Mayor Fred
Cratsley, who coached Scott in Little League baseball.
"Everybody knew Chris. We're not a big community and he was one
of our own," Cratsley told the newspaper. "He was a heck of a guy
and a community leader. As a teenager he took younger kids and he
protected them and was a guy to look up to."
Another military police officer, Army Sgt. Devin Snyder, 20, was
laid to rest in June in her hometown of Cohocton, 45 miles from
Dundee. She was killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan
on June 4 - two weeks before a scheduled visit home.
Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle,
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