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The first American to die in the fight against ISIS credits God for motivating him

Corinne Maleski conforta a su padre, Thomas Broomfield, mientras habla sobre la reciente muerte de su hijo Keith Broomfield mientras combatía con fuerzas curdas contra el grupo Estado Islámico en Siria, el jueves 11 de junio de 2015, en en Bolton, Massach
Corinne Maleski conforta a su padre, Thomas Broomfield, mientras habla sobre la reciente muerte de su hijo Keith Broomfield mientras combatía con fuerzas curdas contra el grupo Estado Islámico en Siria, el jueves 11 de junio de 2015, en en Bolton, Massachusetts. (Foto de Christine Hochkeppel/Worcester Telegram & Gazette vía AP)
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The first American volunteer to die in the battle against ISIS was laid to rest Wednesday, Christianity Today reported.

Massachusetts native Keith Broomfield died on June 3 in a skirmish against ISIS soldiers in Kobani, Syria, after four months with the Kurdish People's Protection Units, Christianity Today reported.

Before his death, he credited God with giving him strength to volunteer in the battle against ISIS.

He turned his life over to the Lord and he decided this was God's will and God wanted him to do it," Keith’s mother, Donna Broomfield, told NBC News.

Check out the video from CBS News below for more on Broomfield’s family and the soldier’s decision to fight ISIS:

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Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret News National. Send him an email at hscribner@deseretdigital.com or follow him on Twitter @herbscribner.