Slain N.C. National Guardsman Remembered Leevi Barnard, 28, died in a bomb explosion in a Baghdad market. Family described the North Carolina National Guardsmen as quiet with a dry sense of humor. He loved to play church softball and help his grandfather work in their vegetable garden.
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Slain N.C. National Guardsman Remembered

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Slain N.C. National Guardsman Remembered

Slain N.C. National Guardsman Remembered

Slain N.C. National Guardsman Remembered

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First Lt. Leevi Barnard was killed when a bomb exploded in a Baghdad market a few weeks ago. It was the National Guardsman's first tour overseas. He had been in Iraq for only about three weeks.

Barnard grew up playing baseball and church softball in Virginia.

He finished college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he majored in political science and studied Arabic.

Jessica Jones reports for North Carolina Public Radio.