August 15, 2004 6:00 AM

Teen who dedicated rocky life to Marines died in Iraq

Before you saw Kyle Crowley, you heard him coming. The hip-hop beats declared his arrival, rattling from the weathered brown 1980s Cadillac with the beefy stereo and the Marine Corps sticker hed slapped on the back. Crowley his friends called him Crow would sit low in the drivers seat, dressed in a ribbed tank top, baggy jeans and boots, arm fully extended to the steering wheel. Small and lean, he carried his tough look around the wealthy suburbs east of San Francisco. Beneath that veneer, loved ones said, was a caring boy with a goofy streak, a rocky home life and abiding loyalty to friends.

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