Belleville GI is killed in crash in Iraq

Belleville GI is killed in crash in Iraq

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A soldier from Belleville was killed in a crash while patrolling in a city in Iraq, the Department of Defense said Monday.

Pfc. Ja'Mel A. Bryant, 22, died Saturday in Baghdad after the accident in Wahida, Iraq.

No details were released about the crash, including when it happened or what caused it.

He was assigned to the 40th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.

Bryant was one of eight siblings, said his younger brother, Terrance Smith.

Bryant, who attended Belleville West High School, had been serving his second tour of duty in Iraq and had been there for about a year, said Smith, 16.

Smith remembered Bryant as a good brother who had been excited to join the Army.

"He felt like he had to pay back the country," Smith said.

He said his family had thought of that when Bryant was deployed to Iraq and was proud of his decision.

"We weren't even thinking about the bad stuff," Smith said. "We were thinking about the positive stuff."

Smith said funeral arrangements had not been made as of late Monday.

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