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Thursday, October 19, 2006

St. John's graduate killed in Iraq

SHREWSBURY

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(Joshua L. Booth)

A 23-year-old Marine who went to high school in Shrewsbury was killed in Iraq Tuesday.

Joshua L. Booth, of Sturbridge died just 36 days after being deployed to that country. He was shot in the head by a sniper.

The 2001 graduate of St. John's High School and father of one (with another on the way) had always wanted to be a Marine, according to his wife, Erica Booth.

"He was a hard-core Marine -- 100 percent. It was all he ever wanted to do," she told the Globe.

She said her husband was strong and a leader and proud of the work his platoon was doing.

He will be buried in Bedford, Va., next to relatives.

-- Erica Tochin

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