MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A 21-year-old Marine from Perdido in north Baldwin County was killed in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb exploded during a routine foot patrol near Kandahar, family members said.

Lance Cpl. Bruce “Bubba” Ferrell Jr. was reported killed Sunday after stepping on an IED.

His father, Bruce Ferrell Sr., said a group of Marines — including the gunnery sergeant of his son’s Marine unit — delivered the news Tuesday morning.

He told the Press-Register that his son had recently become a Marine and began his first deployment — a seven-month stint in Afghanistan — in May. He said the family last heard from him Saturday.

“We got to talk to him for 10 or 15 minutes, and we feel very lucky about that, because it happened the next evening,” Bruce Ferrell Sr. said.

The family has experienced the loss of a child before.

Bubba Ferrell’s older sister, 21-year-old Danielle Denise Whatley, died in a car accident in 2006.

Family members said that Bubba Ferrell had been part of Fox Company, a rifle unit of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment of the Marine Corps.

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