September 30, 2011

Leon Smith

New Zealand Lance Corporal Leon Smith, age 33, was killed on September 28, 2011, in Wardak province, Afghanistan. 

He was part of an elite team of New Zealand soldiers supporting the Afghan Crisis Response Unit. Fighting began as police from the unit and their SAS trainers were setting up a cordon around a compound containing suspected Taliban insurgents before carrying out a search and arrest warrant. Lance Corporal Smith was killed by an insurgent when he climbed a ladder to observe the cordon and was shot in the head.
Light a candle for Leon. Light
his way to Heaven.

Previously, Leon had worked as a lifeguard and a postal worker. 

Friends stated that Leon was well-liked, well-respected and committed to whatever he was required to do. He is also described as sincere and genuine. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Leon Smith is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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