DALLAS — A somber crowd gathered at Dallas Love Field on Saturday to honor 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Jeremie Border, who was coming home for the final time.
On September 1, his Special Forces unit in Batur Village, Afghanistan was attacked by enemy forces with small arms fire. Border and another soldier were killed.
"He was obviously a strong, smart young man," said Dan Mathys, a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. "It's a shame that we had to lose him."
The former Mesquite High School football player was proud to be a member of the 2001 state championship team. He went on to play college football at McMurry University in Abilene.
Border then joined the Army and later became a Green Beret.
Family friends who watched the boy grow to a man said he was a patriot.
"To be there — for himself, his family, the country — "don't know what else you can say about a man like that... that's top of the list," said neighbor John Counts.
Staff Sgt. Jeremie Border will be laid to rest Monday at Restland Memorial Cemetery in Dallas.