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Blast in Baghdad kills Harper native

October 27, 2006

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— A Harper native killed when a bomb detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad was remembered as a caring young man who wanted to be the family's representative in the war on terrorism.

The U.S. Army announced Wednesday that Sgt. Willsun Mock, 23, died Sunday of injuries suffered in the attack. He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany.

His mother, Ann Mock, said Mock's two older brothers were married with children at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks.

"He just felt it was his time," Ann Mock told The Wichita Eagle. "Of course he wanted to save the world. He was my peacemaker. He liked people. He loved people. And people remembered him after they met him."

Willsun Mock, who enlisted in the Army more than four years ago, was serving his second tour in Iraq when he was killed.

His mother said she was proud of Willsun, the second-youngest of seven children.

"He loved his fellow man so much that it was very hard for him to see another world," his mother said. "He might have been very tough, very well-seasoned and very good at his job, but he wanted to help those people out. He wanted to help his fellow soldiers out."

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