UPDATED 3:30 p.m. Wednesday
The Stevenson Ranch community was shocked over the weekend as family and friends of Pfc. Jake Suter received the news of his death on Saturday morning. Suter was killed in Afghanistan last week while serving in the Marine Corps.
The Department of Defense announced today the death of Pfc. Jake W. Suter.
Suter died May 29 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment of the III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The incident is under investigation.
U.S. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon is expected to attend the vigil, which is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. tonight on Bates Place.
Friends remember Suter for being very passionate. Ray Carlson, Suter’s bishop at his church, remembers him riding his bike four miles just to get to church. Suter was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and knew many members of the church’s congregation.
Carlson remembers that Suter was always passionate about the military and serving in the Marine Corps.
“He was excited to serve his country, he was very proud,” said Carlson. “I remember him coming to church in his dress uniform, he was proud to wear the uniform and to represent the United States.”
Suter played for West Ranch High School’s football team from his freshman through junior years. He was also in the Boy Scouts and reached the rank of Life Scout, which is just below Eagle Scout.
History was also one of Suter’s passions. He had been studying Afghanistan and its’ people and history before he was deployed.
Brian Walters knew Suter for seven years and was his team leader at church. Walters described Suter as being very passionate young man and very excited to go to Afghanistan.
“He did quite a bit of study on the Afghani people, he had come to love them before he even got there,” said Walters. “For him, it was about bringing peace to that region, and to those people more than anything else, for that he was very excited”
A candlelight vigil will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on Bates Place in Stevenson Ranch. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring U.S. flags. Mourners are asked to park on Kavenaugh Lane.
Suter’s parents traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to escort their son’s remains home. Funeral arrangements have not been scheduled.