Lee Co. Marine killed in Afghanistan - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Lee Co. Marine killed in Afghanistan

LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Steve Sutton was a husband, son, brother, marine, and now his is a fallen hero.

Sutton's wife Toni was told on Saturday that he was killed in combat while on a patrol in Afghanistan. The 24 year-old lance corporal was from Leesburg and had been stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in December of 2009.

Sutton graduated from Lee County High School in 2007, where he played football as an offensive lineman.

"He was a really goofy kid, that liked to joke around, have a lot of fun. But on Friday nights, his demeanor would change, his personality would change. He was all about competing and playing hard," said Ed Reaves, the defensive line coach for the Lee County High School football team. 

His coaches say after high school Sutton played football at a junior college in California, but decided to take a different path. His former offensive line coach remembers when Sutton first told him about going into the military.

"I was in the field house one day and he showed up and I said, what are you doing?  And he said, well I've decided not to go back.  I said, are you sure that's what you want to do?  He said, yeah, he felt like he had a bigger calling.  And he told me he wanted to go into the Marines," said Rick Carr, the offensive line coach for the Lee County High School football team. 

Now their worst nightmare has come true.

"We're with them so many hours a day that they become like family members to us. And then when something happens to one of these kids it's like happening to a family member. It's hard, it's real difficult. Though I'm very proud of the sacrifice he made, it still hurts very bad."

Sutton's wife says he's not just an American hero, he's also her hero.

SSutton's wife is currently in North Carolina.  She says she's going to get his body Tuesday, then she'll make the trip back to Leesburg.  She went on to say Sutton was an amazing husband and stepfather and loved life.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------

A Marine from Lee County was killed in Afghanistan.

Family members say they were told on Saturday that 24 year-old Steven Sutton was killed in Afghanistan.

He grew up in Lee County and graduated from Lee County High School in 2007. 

Sutton was a Lance Corporal and was deployed in January. 

Copyright 2012 WALB.  All rights reserved.  

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Person of interest in custody in Albany homicide

    Person of interest in custody in Albany homicide

    Monday, January 22 2018 3:12 PM EST2018-01-22 20:12:23 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Albany Police officers and detectives set up police tape at a building at the intersection of West Gordon Avenue and Davidson Drive in what police are calling a homicide investigation.

    More >>

    Albany Police officers and detectives set up police tape at a building at the intersection of West Gordon Avenue and Davidson Drive in what police are calling a homicide investigation.

    More >>
  • Mother remembers son by launching website

    Mother remembers son by launching website

    Monday, January 22 2018 3:00 PM EST2018-01-22 20:00:17 GMT
    Ajayy Sensei website in honor of Anthony Wright (Source: WALB)Ajayy Sensei website in honor of Anthony Wright (Source: WALB)

    A mother is remembering her son, who was murdered last year, with a newly launched website.  Cathy Cody wants her Anthony Wright's legacy to live on. 

    More >>

    A mother is remembering her son, who was murdered last year, with a newly launched website.  Cathy Cody wants her Anthony Wright's legacy to live on. 

    More >>
  • Albany granted major loan to replace aging sewers

    Albany granted major loan to replace aging sewers

    Monday, January 22 2018 2:41 PM EST2018-01-22 19:41:44 GMT
    This photo from 2014 shows a vaccuum truck cleaning out part of the city's sewer (Source: WALB)This photo from 2014 shows a vaccuum truck cleaning out part of the city's sewer (Source: WALB)

    The City of Albany has been awarded a $15 million loan for sewer system infrastructure, as part of an Energy conservation project that qualifies for an interest rate reduction.

    More >>

    The City of Albany has been awarded a $15 million loan for sewer system infrastructure, as part of an Energy conservation project that qualifies for an interest rate reduction.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly