LCpl. Jacob Levy Dies After Being Shot On Patrol In Afghanistan

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  • LCpl. Jacob Levy wears his Lumbee tribe regalia as an eight-year-old boy. Courtesy: Tabitha Polanco
    
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  • Landstuhl, Germany -- Lance Corporal Jacob Levy, a 21-year-old Marine from the Triad, died Saturday evening in Germany, his stepfather told WFMY News 2 Sunday morning.

    Levy was shot in the head on Wednesday by small arms fire while conducting an unpartnered, dismounted patrol in the Kajaki district of the Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

    Levy's stepfather, Kevin Sheek, said Levy was evaluated on the scene in Afghanistan and taken to Forward Operating Base Edinburgh. From there he went to Kandahar for a neurosurgery evaluation and eventually had surgery there.

    After surgery, Levy was taken to a military hospital in Germany, where he passed away Saturday night.

    Levy is survived by his mother, Amanda Sheek, stepfather Kevin Sheek, father Chris Levy and three brothers, Payne Sheek, 14, Elijah Sheek, 9, and Thunder Levy, 11.

    Levy was originally from Greensboro and moved to Ramseur when he was 14. He was an ROTC student from seventh through 12th grades and a member of the wrestling and cross country teams at Eastern Randolph High School. He entered the Marine Corps through the Delayed Entry Program after graduating in 2009, his family said.

    Kevin Sheek told WFMY News 2 Levy's death is "bittersweet, because Jacob died doing a job he was willing to die for. ... He was an awesome man and an awesome Marine."

    Sheek also told said Levy was an organ donor and that "people will remember Jacob and live a long life because of him."

    Levy's cousin, Tabitha Polanco, said Levy was proud of his Lumbee Indian heritage and had a fighter's spirit from birth.

    "He was born a warrior," Polanco said. "He fought with his mom for about 36 hours while she was in labor. And he came out fighting and continued to do so. He was always a protector."

    Characteristic of his spirit and reputation, Polanco says Levy earned the highest possible honor for a Native American: the Eagle Feather.

    "You see someone who is making a sacrifice, you see someone who has done a good job, you see someone who is excelling," Polanco said. "And that is the highest way we can say to them, 'Thank you for what you've done. You deserve this.'"

    Funeral arrangements are not yet finalized.

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