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Colorado mother: Son killed while fighting ISIS in Syria

  • In this 2015 photo provided by Katy Shirley, Levi Shirley, left, and his sister Katy Shirley pose for a photo in Arvada in suburban Denver. Levi, who joined Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State group was killed in combat in Syria, his mother said Thursday, July 21, 2016. Susan Shirley said the U.S. Consulate in Turkey called her Tuesday to tell her that her son Levi Shirley, 24, was killed July 14 by a land mine. (Katy Shirley via AP)

    In this 2015 photo provided by Katy Shirley, Levi Shirley, left, and his sister Katy Shirley pose for a photo in Arvada in suburban Denver. Levi, who joined Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State group was killed in combat in Syria, his mother said Thursday, July 21, 2016. Susan Shirley said the U.S. Consulate in Turkey called her Tuesday to tell her that her son Levi Shirley, 24, was killed July 14 by a land mine. (Katy Shirley via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Susan Shirley, left, stands next to a family friend as she talks to the Associated Press, Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Arvada in suburban Denver. Susan Shirley said the U.S. Consulate in Turkey called her Tuesday to tell her that her son Levi Shirley, 24, was killed July 14 by a land mine. Levi Shirley joined Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State group was killed in combat in Syria. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda)

    Susan Shirley, left, stands next to a family friend as she talks to the Associated Press, Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Arvada in suburban Denver. Susan Shirley said the U.S. Consulate in Turkey called her Tuesday to tell her that her son Levi Shirley, 24, was killed July 14 by a land mine. Levi Shirley joined Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State group was killed in combat in Syria. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this 2015 photo provided by Katy Shirley, Levi Shirley, left, and his sister Katy Shirley pose for a photo in Arvada in suburban Denver. Levi, who joined Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State group was killed in combat in Syria, his mother said Thursday, July 21, 2016. Susan Shirley said the U.S. Consulate in Turkey called her Tuesday to tell her that her son Levi Shirley, 24, was killed July 14 by a land mine. (Katy Shirley via AP)

    In this 2015 photo provided by Katy Shirley, Levi Shirley, left, and his sister Katy Shirley pose for a photo in Arvada in suburban Denver. Levi, who joined Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State group was killed in combat in Syria, his mother said Thursday, July 21, 2016. Susan Shirley said the U.S. Consulate in Turkey called her Tuesday to tell her that her son Levi Shirley, 24, was killed July 14 by a land mine. (Katy Shirley via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The mother of a 24-year-old Colorado man who joined Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State group says her son was killed in combat in Syria.

Susan Shirley says the U.S. Consulate in Turkey called her Tuesday to tell her that Levi Shirley was killed July 14. She says her son had wanted to join the Marines, but he couldn't because of his bad eyesight. He then reached out to Kurdish forces online and joined the fight for about three months last year before returning to Arvada in suburban Denver.

Shirley says her son had a hard time adjusting back to life in Colorado and rejoined the Kurds in January.

State Department officials say they are aware of reports that an American was killed in Syria, but they declined to comment further.