Whitewright community remembers fallen soldier

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WHITEWRIGHT,TX -- A soldier from Grayson County is being remembered after being killed in action on Monday.

"He gave it all, and he earned his status as a hero." said Rhonda Beazley.

On monday, Private First Class, 20 year old Christian "Jake" Chandler was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan..

He was in the Baraki Barak District of the Logar Province when his 10th mountain division unit was attacked by small arms fire.

Jake's mother, Rhonda Beazley says her son had always wanted to serve our country, to protect people and save lives.

"He says we had spent our whole lives taking care of him, and this was one way he could take care of more than one." said Beazley.

Jake joined the army in October 2012 and deployed to Afghanistan a year later as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"It's when you realize they're no longer a boy they're a man; they look at something bigger than themselves." said Beazley.

His family says he was supposed to come home at the end of July.

His best friend H.R. Jewell, says Jake's death is hard to come to terms with.

"I just wasn't ready for it, because I had just talked to him Saturday." said Jewell.

Jewell says the loss of a lifelong friend leaves an emptiness that can't be filled.

"He had that personality that everybody liked; everybody got along with him, and I'm not going to be able to forget him." said Jewell.

Whitewright Principal Kelly Hays says Jake was involved in football and played in the school band and says the outgoing student left an impact on everyone he met.

"Every time I saw him he had a big smile on his face. I was up on stage doing lunch duty and even remember exactly where he sat during lunch, it was right in front of me to the right, at that table." said Hayes.

Jake's mother says she's grateful for the community's support and for the honor of getting the chance to be this hero's mom.

"I just want to say thank you to everyone. There's no way we could get through this without all the thoughst and prayers." said Beazley.