Pfc. William A. Farrar Jr., a member of the 127th Military Police Company based in Darmstadt, Germany, was killed by a makeshift bomb Friday in Iskandariyah, Iraq. He was 20 years old.

Farrar, the son of San Bernadino County police Capt. Tony Farrar, was the eldest of three sons. He joined the military in September 2005 after graduating from high school and deployed to Iraq in November 2006, according to the San Bernadino County Sun newspaper. It was his first tour in Iraq.

Farrar was riding in a vehicle when he was killed, according to a Defense Department news release. An article in the San Bernadino Sun identified the vehicle as a Humvee.

“We were all real proud of him and his decision to join the armed forces and serve the country,” Sgt. Tim Lane, a Rialto, Calif., police department spokesman, told The Associated Press. “We’ve lost a part of our law enforcement family.”

“It’s what he wanted to do,” Farrar’s father told the Sun. “There are jobs people do because they choose to do it ... somebody’s got to want to do it. As a parent you just give them the support they need; what else is there to do?”

Farrar’s brother Kenny is a Marine, and his other brother, Nic, is a college student, according to the Sun.

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