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Army Pvt. 2 David Evans Jr.

Died May 25, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

18, of Buffalo, N.Y.; assigned to the 977th Military Police Company, Fort Riley, Kan.; killed in an Iraqi ammunition plant explosion in Diwaniyah, Iraq, May 25.

David Evans Jr., 18, enlisted in the Army after graduating in 2002 from Kensington High School in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y.

He was killed May 24 when a munitions dump he and another soldier were guarding in Diwaniyah, Iraq, exploded and the steel shelter they were in collapsed. His squad returned after the first explosion and extracted the other soldier, but Pvt. Evans’ remains could not be located until several hours later. The incident is under investigation.

He leaves an infant son, David Kevonta Evans, who was born in February, a month after Evans made his last visit home on leave.

“I wish he could be here to see him, to hold him and to tell him how much he loved him,” said the baby’s mother, Tamara Douglas. “He wanted to see his son so bad.”

His father, David Evans Sr., said his son wanted to make something of himself. “It was his choice to sign up and protect us,” he said. “I’m proud of him.”

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