Joshua J. Cullins, LAPD officer killed in Afghanistan

Cullins, 28, was a Marine reservist with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment in Marja, in Afghanistan's Helmand province. He was killed Monday by a roadside bomb. In July, he had suffered a concussion from a bomb blast and was the subject of a video get-well card from his fellow LAPD officers that attracted a following on YouTube. "There are no words to express how we feel," Capt. Daryl Russell of the Central Area station told the L.A. Times on Tuesday. "I'm so sad this has happened to a kid who really had a bright future with this Police Department. This is a total loss to this city and this country."

Cullins is the second LAPD officer to die in Afghanistan, both of them this year. Robert J. Cottle, a SWAT officer, was killed March 24.

Cullins' parents live in Simi Valley. His father owns and operates Abe's Deli in Northridge.

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