Marine from southwest Georgia's Leesburg killed in Afghanistan

A Marine from southwest Georgia was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

Lance Cpl. Steven G. Sutton, 24, of Leesburg, died Saturday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province.

Sutton was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors in Albany.

Mr. and Mrs. Joey Harris Sr. of Leesburg, whose son played football with Sutton, wrote on the funeral home's website that the Marine was "always respectful in saying hello and giving that big smile to us. We enjoyed knowing him and will never forget the light he illuminated whenever you saw him."