A Jamaica native who immigrated to New York City as a child and served with the Schweinfurt, Germany-based 2nd Brigade Combat Team was killed last week by a roadside bomb, according to a release Friday by the Department of Defense.

Sgt. Kimel L. Watt, 21, of Brooklyn, died June 3 in Baghdad from wounds suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd BCT.

Watt was remembered by his family as a dedicated soldier with strong family ties, according to a report on, the Web site for the Newsday newspaper.

“He always took care of me and his siblings,” his mother, Naomi Watt, told Newsday in a phone conversation Friday. “He is sadly missed by friends and family.”

Watt attended New York’s Automotive High School and declined a full scholarship to Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island to serve in the Army, according to an article in the New York Post.

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