A 20-year-old soldier from Lynchburg died in Iraq on Saturday of non-combat-related injuries, the Pentagon said yesterday.
Pfc. Jason D. Scheuerman died in Muqdadiyah, the Pentagon said. No other details were immediately available.
A spokesman for Whitten's Funeral Home in Lynchburg said Scheuerman's family expects to learn more today about his death.
Neighbors in Lynchburg, interviewed by telephone, said Scheuerman was one of three sons of Anne and Christopher Scheuerman and attended Heritage High School in Lynchburg before joining the Army.
The Pentagon said Scheuerman was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division in Fort Benning, Ga., the Pentagon said.
The family could not be reached immediately by phone, but the Lynchburg News & Advance newspaper said relatives were gathered last night at the family home, where they described Scheuerman as a young man who was active in his church and loved to hike, climb rocks and play video games.
"He was serious-minded. He was full of fun," his uncle, Geary Jarrett, told the News & Advance.
News of the death had not yet spread through the city of 65,000, City Manager L. Kimball Payne III said last night by telephone.
But he said: "I'm sure there will be sadness. I'm sure the community will come out in support of his family."
Scheuerman's father has made a career of the military, and his older brother, Chris, 21, enlisted in the service after high school and serves as a chaplain's assistant at Fort Bragg, N.C., according to the Lynchburg newspaper.
The funeral home said services for Scheuerman could be held as early as Friday.
Staff writer Martin Weil contributed to this report.