Jared Schmitz death – obituary, cause of death : Jared Schmitz 20, of Missouri. Is dead. He passed away after a suicide bombing attacked in Kabul airport in Afghanistan.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz was unfortunately among the 13 U.S. service members and 170 Afghans reported killed in the attack. He was just six months old when the September 11 attack happened on American soil sparking the war against Afghanistan.
Mark Schmitz, Jared’s father spoke on Morning Edition about his late son. He said “He was constantly happy. If you had the opportunity to look through our photo albums, you would see that no matter how we captured him on a camera, he was always smiling nonstop.”
He had always wanted to be a Marine from his sophomore year of high school. His father was saying, as a father, he feared his son would get into a dangerous type of work, but knew that being a Marine fit Jared “like a glove.”
My son was never studious, but once his mind is set on doing something, he was laser focused on learning everything he could about the Marines. He had to have his parents’ permission when he signed up at the age of 17. His father said. He was at Camp Pendleton in California, he then got sent to Jordan. Then he got his orders to go to Kabul. Afghanistan was Jared’s first deployment.
I got concerned when I didn’t hear from Jared for a day after the bombing. The news of his death came at 2:40 a.m. in the morning when two men came to the door with the news of his death.
“My heart just sunk,” he says. “You know, I’m like, OK, they’re here to tell me he’s injured and what his injuries are. And it took forever for them to get me to comprehend that they were there to deliver the most horrific news of his passing and that he had been killed and not injured. I was half asleep initially, of course, and then just obviously in sheer shock that they were even there to begin with.”
Jared was loved dearly by his family and friends and will be dearly missed.