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BYU graduate killed in Afghanistan

Family

and friends of Army Capt. Cory J. Jenkins, a 2003 graduate of BYU, are

paying tribute to the 30-year-old physician assistant who was killed in

Afghanistan earlier this week.

"Cory was very much a people person," said his father, Stanley Jenkins, of Mesa, Ariz.

The

Pentagon said Cory Jenkins died Tuesday in southern Afghanistan of

wounds suffered when the vehicle he and three other soldiers were

riding in hit an improvised explosive device. Jenkins was assigned to

the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd

Infantry Division, at Fort Lewis, Wash.

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leaves behind a wife, Brooke, and 2-month-old daughter, Reagan. Jenkins

was able to spend a month with his daughter before he was deployed to

Afghanistan five weeks ago, his father said.

Cory

Jenkins and his family were living in Steilacoom, Wash., near Fort

Lewis, where he was a Scoutmaster in his LDS Church ward before his

deployment, his father said. The soldier was an active member of the

LDS Church and had served a mission to Russia.

He

graduated from BYU with a bachelor's degree in conservation biology,

said BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins. He also graduated from A.T. Still

University's physician-assistant program, according to The Associated

Press.

Jenkins is the third former BYU student to die in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:

Navy Lt. Nathan White was killed in Iraq April 2, 2003, when his F/A-18 Hornet was shot down by an American Patriot missile

Army Capt. Bill Jacobsen Jr. died Dec. 21, 2004, when an insurgent detonated a bomb in an Army mess tent in Mosul, IraqStanley

Jenkins said his son was interested in medical service and felt the

military was the best way to get the training he needed.

"He

wanted to do what doctors do, but he wanted have a family life, as

well," the father said. "He had no regrets with anything he did. He

loved being in the military and serving with the men in the military."

Funeral services are pending but will probably be held sometime next week in Mesa.


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