An Estill County native becomes the 50th military member from Kentucky killed in Iraq.
23 year old Theodore "Coty" West died Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded near his patrol.
West was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.
He had been in Iraq for less than a month.
West married this past summer. Besides his wife, he leaves behind his father, Bill, who lives in Berea and his mother, Rene Brandenburg, who lives in Texas.