The family of a Navy Seal who grew up in West Michigan say he was among seven American troops who died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan
Kent County Commissioner Harold Voorhees tells The Associated Press that 27-year-old David "Davey" John Warsen's fiancee was notified of his death in San Diego, where they lived before his deployment. Voorhees says she was traveling to Michigan to make funeral arrangements.
Voorhees is Warsen's great-uncle. He says Warsen graduated from East Kentwood High School in Kentwood. He described him as an "upbeat" and "wonderful guy" who made sacrifices to become a Navy Seal.
MLive.com earlier reported about Warsen's death. The Defense Department on Friday morning hadn't confirmed the names of those who died. Four Afghans also were killed.