Philly family mourns loss of Navy SEAL in crash

    A northeast Philadelphia family is mourning the death of one of the Navy SEALs killed in the crash of a helicopter shot down in eastern Afghanistan late Friday.

    Relatives of 25-year-old Petty Officer First Class Michael Strange says military officials came to their home in the city’s Mayfair section Saturday to tell them of his death.

    They described him as a friendly, funny person who decided in high school to join the military. His father told CBS-3 that he “went right up the ladder.”

    His mother, Elizabeth Strange, tells The Associated Press that her son always told her not to worry about him.

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    His brother, Charles III, says he loved the physical and competitive aspects of military life.

    He last visited in June and was supposed to return for Thanksgiving.

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