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British marine: If I die in action, party in Vegas for me

Las Vegas isn't typically the place to hold a solemn memorial for a fallen soldier, but that's not the kind of memorial that British marine David Hart wanted:

YORK, England, June 20 (UPI) -- A British marine killed by a Taliban bomb in Afghanistan left nearly $162,000 for a celebration of his life -- in Las Vegas -- his friends said. David Hart, 23, who was from Poppleton, near York, England, took out a $500,000 life insurance policy before going to Afghanistan, The Sun reported Monday. In addition to the Las Vegas money for his friends, he left part of the insurance money to a charity for insured marines. He wrote a letter saying he wanted to send his friends and their girlfriends to Las Vegas to party in his memory if he died.

As a longtime journalist in Southern Nevada, native Las Vegan Andrew Kiraly has served as a reporter covering topics as diverse as health, sports, politics, the gaming industry and conservation. He joined Desert Companion in 2010, where he has helped steward the magazine to become a vibrant monthly publication that has won numerous honors for its journalism, photography and design, including several Maggie Awards.