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Big Isle Marine serving in Afghanistan dies

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Editor

Christopher Camero

A teenaged U.S. Marine and Big Island resident died July 15 from wounds he suffered in Afghanistan, according to a news release from the Department of Defense.

Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero, 19, of Waimea, was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, out of Twentynine Palms, Calif. and was injured July 6 while conducting operations in Helmand province.

Friends on social media sites said Camero accidentally stepped on a land mine and was flown to Germany for treatment.

According to a California TV station, Camero’s service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

Camero was a 2010 Honokaa High School graduate and joined the Marines shortly after graduation. This was his first combat assignment in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Family members said he was active in football, judo and wrestling. He also enjoyed cooking and fishing.

He is reported to be survived by his parents, Carlos and Norma Camero, and sister Sarrah Jane Camero.

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