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Age:   35
Hometown: Trenton
Date of Death: 6/18/2007
Incident Location: Baghdad, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Eric L. Snell was passionate about baseball and grew up playing the sport throughout his childhood, starting in Little League and the Babe Ruth league and continuing on to his varsity days in high school. "Eric was an unbelievable ball player. He ended up getting drafted out of high school in the 54th round by the Cleveland Indians in 1989," said John Costantino, who played against Snell in Little League and then was his teammate in high school. Snell, 35, of Trenton, N.J., was killed June 18 in Balad of wounds from small-arms fire in Baghdad. He was assigned to Fort Carson. Snell also played football and ran winter track while in high school. Despite being drafted by the Indians, Snell turned his attention away from professional baseball and looked toward college. After graduating from Trenton State, Snell stopped playing organized baseball as he focused on a modeling career. "I still remember seeing him in some TV commercials and print ads," said Martin Flynn, Snell''s former coach. "He was a great looking guy. He was 6-4, 210 with that chiseled-out look." He is survived by two sons.
Source: Associated Press
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