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Soldier who left school for Army killed in Iraq

Published Aug. 24, 2005

A 21-year-old soldier who dropped out of college to join the Army was killed in Baghdad when his military vehicle struck an explosive device Saturday.

Spc. Jeff LeBrun was assigned to the Army's 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 10th Mountain Division based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

His father, Joseph LeBrun, said the Army told him his son was driving to a hospital when the explosion occurred.

LeBrun quit his computer studies to join the Army. He wanted to ease the financial strain on his parents, who are Haitian immigrants, friends and family said.

His father has a bad back, and his mother works at the Orlando Sentinel cafeteria.

The LeBruns moved to Kissimmee from New York in June 2002. LeBrun cited the Sept. 11 attacks as his reason for joining the Army.

"He was a really, really, really sweet, sweet young man," his mother Daniela LeBrun said Monday. "I am lost now."