|Birth: ||Feb. 15, 1986|
|Death: ||Oct. 6, 2005, Iraq|
As a 103-pound high school freshman wrestler, Shayne Cabino had the heart and talent to take on anyone.
He wasn’t afraid to mix it up with the bigger and older kids,’’ said Mark LeBlanc, Cabino’s wrestling coach at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin.
Cabino, who enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating from Canton High School last year, was among four Marines killed Thursday when an explosive device detonated near Karmah, Iraq, about 40 miles west of Baghdad.
Lance Cpl. Cabino, 19, was the eighth person from the South Shore to be killed in Iraq. One has died in Afghanistan and one in Kuwait.
He was very likable and could elicit a smile out of you, LeBlanc said of Cabino. He was a bit of a character. He was fairly outgoing.
After being a top wrestler as a freshman on the Tri-County varsity wrestling team, Cabino moved to Canton to live with his father and stepmother on Cotter Street.
LeBlanc, who no longer coaches wrestling and is Tri-County’s technology director, said Cabino had an excellent record that included 14 wins, 12 while pinning his opponent. He was also the runner-up at the 2001 state vocational school wrestling tournament.
He had a natural talent, LeBlanc said. He was a lanky kid. He was a bit on the fearless side. He had a lot of energy and tended to be upbeat.
Canton High wrestling coach Tom Bartosek said he approached Cabino about becoming a member of the team when he learned the teen had transferred.
I told him we had a spot for him, Bartosek said. He was a nice kid. He said he did wrestle and would like to but had some financial matters. This has got to be devastating for the family.
The Cabinos held a brief conference last night at the Canton police station and allowed a family friend, Jim Stoffel of Franklin, to read a statement in their behalf.
Standing next to Stoffel were Cabino’s father, William Cabino, a corrections officer at the state prison in Walpole; brothers Justin Cabino, 22, Bobby Cabino, 14, who was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the picture of Shayne in his Marine uniform; and a sister, Melissa Cabino, 17.
Shayne was extremely proud of the uniform he wore, and the fact that he was serving his county, Stoffel said.
Shayne lived life to the fullest. His smile lit up the room. He brought joy to everyone he came in contact with. If you want to know about Shayne, grab a dictionary and look up the following words: dedicated, loving, caring and devoted. The list would not stop there. Shayne can be characterized with so many adjectives.
Stoffel said Cabino, who had been in Iraq for only three months, wanted to make the world a better place.
Life as we know it will never be the same, he said Yet, we know Shayne will always be with us.
Neighbors also had fond memories of the young man.
He was a heck of a nice kid, Al Brooks, a Marine veteran, said.
In a tribute to Cabino, Brooks lowered his flag - emblazoned with the Marine motto, Semper Fidelis, Latin for Always Faithful.
Brooks’ wife, Pat, added, He took very good care of his sister and brother. ... If we were coming up the street with the car, he would make sure they would back up on the yard.
Ned Tibbetts, who lives next door to the Cabinos, remembered Shayne as a handsome but gritty teen who was popular with the girls.
When we were playing street hockey and he fell down and got scraped up, I’d say, Let’s go back in and get that cleaned up.’ And he’d say, ‘No, I’m fine. Let’s play on, Tibbetts said.
‘‘He was always happy and nothing ever seemed to faze him,’’ Tibbetts added. ‘‘It’s just utter shock because you never thought anything would happen to him.’’
After basic training at Parris Island, S.C., Cabino joined the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in April, according to a base spokesman, Lt. Barry Edwards.
Cabino was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment and as a mortarman was responsible for operating an 81mm mortar. The unit, whose motto is Second to None,was sent to Iraq earlier this year.
Other Camp Lejeune Marines killed along with Cabino were Cpl. Nicholas O. Cherava, 21, of Ontonagon, Mich.; Lance Cpl. Patrick B. Kenny, 20, of Pittsburgh; and Pfc. Jason L. Frye, 19, of Landisburg, Pa.
The number of U.S. servicemen killed since the war began in 2003 is now 1,954, according to the Associated Press.
Two other Marines died elsewhere in Iraq on Thursday and another on Saturday.
Cabino received three service awards during his one-year Marine Corps career: the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He is expected to receive the Purple Heart posthumously.
Cabino is also survived by his mother, Jodi Cabino-Cippriano of Franklin; two other brothers, William Cabino Jr., 20, and Zachary Cippriano, 8; and a sister, Brandy Cabino, 26.
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Record added: Oct 10, 2005
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