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Chance Smith, Civilian Contractor Afghanistan, killed while home on RR

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 22, 2012

Charleston SC WCSC February 23, 2012

Smith, an outfielder for The Citadel baseball team from 2004-07, was killed early Saturday morning in a car accident that also left his wife, La-aia, in critical condition. Their infant daughter, Laina Madison, was not with them at the time of the accident.

Smith was returning home to McDonough, Ga., from Atlanta after celebrating his upcoming 27th birthday with his wife when the crash occurred. The 2003 graduate of Evans High School worked as an U.S. Army contractor and was scheduled to return to Afghanistan this week.

Many Citadel fans will remember his two home runs and four RBIs in an 11-10 victory over rival College of Charleston in 2006.

“He was a very inspirational player with tremendous enthusiasm for the game and for the Citadel,” said Citadel head coach Fred Jordan. “He was a hard-nosed and athletic centerfielder. The important thing was, he graduated from The Citadel and was defending his country in the military. He’s a very special person to me and to all of us.”


The Columbia County News Times February 22, 2012

Gordie Smith (right) watches his son Chance sign a letter of intent to attend The Citadel on a baseball scholarship

Chance Smith was killed in a single-car accident Sunday morning.

The 2003 graduate was on his way home to McDonough, Ga., after celebrating his upcoming 27th birthday in Atlanta with his wife La-aia when the crash occurred.

Smith worked as an U.S. Army contractor and was scheduled to return to Afghanistan this week.

While his wife suffered a cracked sternum and deflated lung, the couple’s 3-month-old daughter Laina Madison was not with them.

From high school onward, Smith affected those he knew in a positive way

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