ABINGTON — A 27-year-old Marine from Abington was killed in combat Monday in Afghanistan, his family said.
In a statement, a sister of Sergeant Daniel Vasselian said he died in “active combat.”
“He was born and raised in Abington and was considered by most as the mayor of this town,” wrote his sister, Jeannine Vasselian. “He was the life of any party and brought humor wherever he went. He was truly amazing.”
She said her brother had recently celebrated his fourth wedding anniversary with his wife, Erin, whom he started dating in high school.
“This was his third tour and have already served in Iraq and Afghanistan,” she said. “He was so proud to be a Marine and serve his country and paid the ultimate sacrifice and this world truly lost an amazing hero. He’ll be missed more than words can express and loved by his family and friends forever.”
Vasselian’s death comes less than two weeks after another Marine from Massachusetts, Lance Corporal Matthew R. Rodriguez, of Fairhaven, was killed in Afghanistan.
Vasselian’s family declined interview requests on Tuesday.
A neighbor, Patricio Montenegro, 38, said he did not know the Vasselian family but was saddened to hear the news, especially since it came on Christmas Eve.
“Obviously I felt so bad about the news,” he said, adding that it was unfortunate that it came during what is supposed to be “family time.”
Another neighbor who lives across the street, Maureen Twomey, 49, said she was devastated to learn of Vasselian’s death.
“I actually cried,” said Twomey, who moved back to Massachusetts in April and does not know the family well. “It was very heart breaking, especially a 27-year-old young man.”
She said a stream of visitors, including a man in a military uniform, have been coming and going from the house since Monday night.
“It is a really sad, sad thing,” she said.
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