Friends Mourn Solider's Death

Carlos Villalobos

cvillalobos@newscenter25.com

Updated: 4/17 7:09 pm

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CUERO - When Christie Tilghman and her father Ed searched for pictures of their friend, Kerry Danyluk, different memories came to their minds.

However, there is one memory they wish they could have erased, when they found out on Wednesday that Danyluk has passed away.

"The tears didn't come right away. I think I was in a state of shock. I knew his condition, and I prayed for him. My whole family prayed for him everyday," Tilghman said.

According to the Department of Defense, 27-year-old Specialist Kerry Danyluk died this Tuesday at a hospital in Germany. Danyluk was injured on April 12th when his unit was attacked in Afghanistan. At the time, he was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Tighman knew Danyluk since she was 12-years-old when he came to work for her father. She said she found about his passing on Wednesday, and has had a tough time coming to terms with it.

"He was one my best friends. No matter how many antics I pulled when I was younger, he was always there for me," Tighman said.

In his memory, Tighman's family put up an Army flag in the front of their home to have a constant reminder of Danyluk's service to his country. Tighman said although he may be gone, her family will continue to honor his memory.

"He will be missed by all the people who's lives he touched because even if you knew he for five minutes, he touched your heart," Tighman said.

A relative of Danyluk said the mother is currently in Germany and is making plans on bringing the body back to the United States.
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