Time of Remembrance

John M. LaBossiere

Age:

26

Hometown:

Everett, WA

Date of Death:

2009/11/01

Incident Location:

Lake Stevens, WA

Military Branch:

United States Army National Guard

Rank:

SPC

Unit:

81st Armor Brigade

Unit Base:

Camp Murray, WA

When SPC John LaBossiere returned from his third tour in Iraq this summer, he was an angry man, according to his father. “I’m not saying that all of his issues were war-related,” Phil LaBossiere said on Tuesday. “But it seems to me that the service just used him and spit him out.” John LaBossiere, 26, was fatally shot by a Lake Stevens police officer on Sunday after he reportedly forced his way into a home where his wife and three children were staying with friends. Investigators found one handgun near him and another on his body.

John LaBossiere grew up in Lake Stevens and, as a child, loved camping, fishing and playing soccer, according to his father. He graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 2001, just months before the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. Motivated to serve his country, LaBossiere enlisted in the Marine Corps.
Over the next four years, he married and was twice deployed to Iraq. After receiving an honorable discharge in 2006, he returned with his wife to Snohomish County, where they lived in his parents’ rental house in Everett. He then joined the Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq for a third time. By the time he returned in August, it was obvious that something was wrong, his father said. John LaBossiere had “turned into” someone his family hardly recognized, his father said. He seemed to have lost some of his skills for coping with the nonmilitary world and had a distinct preference for being armed at all times, his father said. “We begged him to get help, but the only person who could have made him get help is his commander,” Phil LaBossiere said.