2010-12-30 / Local & State

Pa. Marine Killed In Afghanistan Laid To Rest

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Friends and family gathered in Pittsburgh to say goodbye to a Marine from Stanton Heights who was killed in Afghanistan.

A funeral Mass for 28- year-old Gunnery Sgt. Justin E. Schmalstieg was held Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church in Shadyside.

The Department of Defense says Schmalstieg died Dec. 15 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Schmalstieg graduated from Peabody High School in 2000 and was the son of two Pittsburgh police officers.

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