A New Hampshire Marine who was barred from wearing his uniform for his high school graduation last June has been killed by a roadside bomb.
Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, who signed up for the forces immediately after finishing his studies, was one of three U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan on Friday morning. The community where the 19-year-old grew up were saddened by his death, and a flag was at half mast outside the fire station he volunteered at.
Garabrant had been so proud of making it into the Marines that he made headlines last year after trying to wear his uniform to his high school graduation. His Peterborough school denied his request, telling the teenager that he would have to wear his cap and gown over the newly acquired uniform. The principal, Brian Pickering, this week praised his former student and said the school community was upset to hear that Garabrant had died.