Updated:LOCUST GROVE, Ga. —
A community came together Tuesday morning to say goodbye to a 28-year-old Henry County soldier killed in Afghanistan.
With flags in hand, residents stood along Bill Gardner Parkway as police escorted the family of Army
Staff Sgt. Jason McDonald as they set out for Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Many never met McDonald, but felt the need to come out to show his family how thankful they are for his service.
“It’s a good feeling to see the community come together at a time like this. I mean, even if you don't know the person, it's the least you can do for someone who would go out and fight for you,” said Henry County resident Schuyler Martin.
McDonald was killed on June 9 while on a special operation in Afghanistan, possibly by friendly fire.
He leaves behind a wife
and two young children.