Kent County Commissioner Harold Voorhees posted on his Facebook page that his grand-nephew David “Davey” Warsen was killed in Afghanistan.
“Our hearts are hurting,” Voorhees wrote.
Warsen, 27, grew up in the Grand Rapids area, was among seven Americans who died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan on Aug. 16.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for shooting down the chopper.
Warsen's fiancée, Karlyn Deveau, was notified of his death in San Diego, where they lived before his deployment. They were to get married Dec. 8, and he planned to return back to the states Oct. 1 when his deployment ended.
Warsen was one of two Oahu troops killed in the crash. Eleven total were killed in the crash. Seven were Americans.
Friends of the Warsen and the family are posting condolences on Facebook. According to Warsen's page, he was a graduate of East Kentwood High School and studied at Hope College and Aquinas College.
Adam Shumaker, a Grand Haven resident, helped spread the word about this tragic loss, and said it’s time for the people of West Michigan to get their flags ready.
“West Michigan loses another brave American Hero,” he wrote in a Facebook post Friday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Sailor down, Kickstands up.”
- From staff and wire reports