Personally, I only met him a couple times. But I felt like I knew him a bit more thru my brother, sister-in-law, and mom. They all knew him well, and are reeling from this loss. My brother and SIL served with him overseas when they were deployed nearly a decade ago, and those friendships have been so rock solid. That whole group of soldiers has remained close, and has been there for each other constantly.
My heart breaks into pieces when I think of his son. Ten years old, and just days away from his dad coming home on leave. My heart breaks when I think of his wife, who now has to face her future without the love of her life.
This fucking war we have going on is robbing families of their loved ones non-stop. I don't know what the answer is, but things like this sadden me immensely.
I feel weird feeling sad about the death of a young man I barely knew, but then again I know the impact he had on three of the people I love most in this world.
I'm not sure what all even want to accomplish in this post. Just getting thoughts out of my head, I guess. I know that this is going to impact my family members for years to come. I don't know how to be there for them... I ache inside for them and the family of the deceased.