Soldier killed in Afghanistan remembered in Bennington
Staff Sgt. Liam J. Nevins, 32, of Denver, Colo., attended Pierce Elementary School in Bennington and Great Brook School in Antrim.
He lived in Bennington with his mother and father, William and Victoria Nevins, and his two older sisters, Mauve and Raven, said family friend Tim Sysyn of Hancock.
Sysyn’s wife taught Nevins in school, and the families were good friends, especially Nevins and Sysyn’s daughter.
Sysyn described Nevins as a “very creative, idealistic kid.”
“He liked to read comics and write stories and stuff,” Sysyn said. “Loved to fish, ride his bike.”
Sysyn said he has not yet reached out to Williams Nevins, but has been told the family has asked for privacy at this time to grieve.Lesley McGregor, Bennington resident and librarian at the G.E.P. Dodge Library in Bennington, said her daughter had first heard the news from one of Nevin’s sisters, whom her daughter has remained close to.
Nevins was assigned to 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, Watkins, Colo.
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