“Watch Over Us From Heaven.” Young Marine Wife Greives Loss Of Husband Killed In Afghanistan

Posted on July 5, 2012

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Michigan (The Gaslamp Post) – 500 people attended the funeral of a brave Marine who was killed in Afghanistan while serving his country.  The funeral for Marine Lance Cpl. Steven P. Stevens II was held Monday in Southfield, Michigan.

Marine Lance Cpl. Steven P. Stevens II. Image Detroit News.

Marine Lance Cpl. Stevens, 23, was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California.  He was killed June 22, 2012 after his platoon was ambushed.

He leaves behind his young wife Monique and his infant son Kairo, who was born March 21.  Marine Lance Cpl. Stevens was deployed around the time his son was born, and other than a Skype call, had never seen his son.

His son will never have the chance to meet his father face to face.

“She wanted us to know that her husband was a good man,”said Rev. Stacy Adams of Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church. “Steven was her best friend and the love of her life, and now she has to face the future…without him.”

Marines salute the casket of Marine Lance Cpl. Stevens at his funeral in Detroit this past Monday. Image Andre Jackson – Detroit Free Press

“Please watch over our son and help guide him in the right direction,” said Steven’s wife Monique in the program handed out before the service at Hope United Methodist Church.

“Watch over us from heaven.”

Marine Lance Cpl. Stevens was remembered as an accomplished athlete and swimmer who many times was a team of one.  He holds several city records for his accomplishments.

Stevens received a Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.

He was laid to rest Monday in Levonia, Michigan.

(h/t:  Detroit News, Detroit Free Press)

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