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By Derik Moore
Weatherford ISD Director of Communications
Weatherford ISD has received confirmation that 2009 Weatherford High School graduate Clayton Beauchamp was killed Tuesday in active duty while serving his country in Afghanistan.
According to a statement by the United States Department of Defense, Beauchamp – a 21-year-old Petty Officer 3rd Class in the United State Marines – died from the blast of an improvised explosive device (IED) during a dismounted patrol in the Shaban District of Helmand province.
“Weatherford ISD staff members, current and former students are deeply saddened by the loss of Clayton,” Weatherford ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Hanks said. “Students are considered family members by many of our staff members, and a tragedy such as this one just tears us all apart.”
Dr. Hanks said Beauchamp also attended Seguin Elementary, Curtis Elementary, Tison Middle School, and the WHS Ninth Grade Center.
“Clayton will be remembered as a hero by all of us here at Weatherford ISD," Dr. Hanks added.
Weatherford High School English teacher Christine Goss also remembered Beauchamp as a former student in her classroom.
“Clayton was a kind and courteous young man with a lightning-fast grin,” Goss said. “He typically was pretty quiet during class discussions, but when that grin flashed, everyone knew he had something interesting and fun to say.”
Dr. Hanks said although many Weatherford ISD teachers have not returned from summer break, several have extended their hands out to his family members.
Beauchamp was reportedly serving his first tour of duty in Afghanistan and was scheduled to return home in October.