Body of St. Louis man killed in Syria returns home

ST. LOUIS – The body of the St. Louis man killed in a suicide bombing in Syria has returned to the United States.

Wirtz, 42 years old and a De Smet High School graduate, was one of four Americans killed in the bombing Wednesday in Syria.

According to the Department of Defense, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida; Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent, 35, of upstate New York; and DOD civilian Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis, Missouri were killed Wednesday in the explosion in Manbij.

All three died “as a result of wounds sustained from a suicide improvised explosive device,” according to the military.

The fourth American killed in Syria was a contractor supporting the Defense Department, according to a Pentagon spokesman. The Pentagon will not release his name since he was not military.

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