As reported on OregonLive.com, a 21-year-old Marine from Salem has died while fighting in Afghanistan.
The U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday that Cpl. Adam J. Buyes, a 2008 graduate of McKay High School, died Saturday in combat operations in Helmand province.
He was assigned to the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Okinawa, Japan.
The circumstances surrounding his death were under investigation, the Defense Department said.
Buyes became the 150th service member from Oregon and Southwest Washington to die in the Middle East conflicts. He was the 31st Oregonian to die in Afghanistan. To see a list of fatalities, go to Farewell to the Fallen, a list maintained by The Oregonian.
His brother, Joshua, is a fellow graduate of McKay High and member of the Marines.
Buyes was a three-sport athlete at McKay, participating on the bowling, track and field, and football teams.
Jay Minyard, McKay’s varsity football head coach, got to know Buyes both on the football field and in the classroom. “He had high morals, a great work ethic,” Minyard said. “His peers loved him; his teachers loved him.”
OregonPrepSports.net named Buyes a Central Valley 6A honorable mention all-star in his senior year.
“It’s not easy to lose such a good kid at such a young age,” Minyard said.
McKay Principal Ken Parshall sent an email informing students and staff of Buyes’ death.
“Our counselors are available for any of you who may need assistance processing this tragic event. Please know that our staff is here to support you,” he wrote.
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