A soldier who lived in Boise as a boy was killed in Baghdad after a bomb exploded and drove him and two comrades out of their Humvee, the Army said.
Pvt. Shane M. Stinson, 23, was killed June 23 along with two other soldiers. The three were gunned down by small-arms fire, the Army said. A bullet struck Stinson in the head, killing him instantly, said his father, Roy Stinson.
Shane Stinson lived in Boise between ages 9 and 14 from about 1992 to about 1997, attending Taft Elementary and Hillside Junior High schools and playing Optimist Football for NorWest Mortgage, his father said.
Roy Stinson worked as a landscaper for Sterling Landscape and for the Warm Springs Golf Course in Boise. His ex-wife, Evelyn Stinson, Shane's mother, worked as a receptionist for Bright Advertising Co.
Shane Stinson hoped to open a sporting-goods store, possibly in Boise, his father said Wednesday.
"He loved all his friends in Boise, " Roy Stinson said. "He thought about them quite a bit after he moved away. ... I would like to thank everybody in Boise for their kindness and support. My son died doing what he wanted to do, and that is protect us."
Also killed in the incident June 23 were Staff Sgt. Michael D. Moody Jr., 31, of Richmond, Va., and Sgt. Chris Davis, 35, of Lubbock, Texas. All three men were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Benning, Ga.
Nearly 3,600 American troops have been killed in the war.
The Army notified Stinson's family in Fullerton a day after the incident.
Roy Stinson and Karen Stinson, Shane's stepmother, live in Vancouver, Wash. Evelyn Stinson lives in Fullerton, Calif. Shane Stinson was born in Artesia, Calif., and attended Fullerton's Troy High School before earning his general-equivalency diploma in 2001.
Stinson has a brother, Rhyan, in Fullerton; a stepbrother, Robert Gonterman, in Ridgefield, Wash.; and a stepbrother and stepsister in Tucson, Ariz., Mark Gonterman and Janice Castillo.
A memorial service will be held Friday in Cypress, Calif.