AKRON, Ohio - A 22-year-old Marine expected to come home on leave soon was killed in Iraq when his vehicle drove over an explosive device, family members said.
Lance Cpl. David Parr, a native of the Akron suburb of Barberton, was supposed to come home for a brief visit within a week, his sister, Misty Curley, who lives in Akron, said Monday.
In an e-mail message dated Saturday, Parr wrote, "I'll be home soon."
He was killed Sunday.
Parr's mother, Diana Pasquinelli, said her son suffered an abdominal injury in the explosion.
"He was just a young Marine. I didn't think he'd be in that much danger right now," said Pasquinelli, who lives in North Carolina.
Parr attended Barberton High School through 11th grade before moving to North Carolina, she said.
"He was the hit of the crowd," she said. "He loved to entertain people. People just swelled on the stories that came out of his mouth. He was a leader with a lot of respect for people."
He was based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and left for Iraq in October.