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Mississippi soldier laid to rest in Clarke County

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Services were held in Quitman Saturday for 22-year-old Army Specialist Terry Gordon. Services were held in Quitman Saturday for 22-year-old Army Specialist Terry Gordon.
CLARKE COUNTY - QUITMAN -

Family, friends, even total strangers say farewell to a Mississippi soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Services were held in Quitman Saturday for 22-year-old Army Specialist Terry Gordon. Gordon was serving in Afghanistan since August. He and five others died two weeks ago when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed.

"We're kind of hurting right now," says Gordon's cousin, Tyrell Satcher. "But we'll get past it."

Gordon's family is still dealing with the fact he's gone. They tell us he valued his job in the military.

"He loved the helicopters. He was very proud of what he was doing," says Satcher.

Most who attended were family and friends, but many veterans also stopped by to pay respect.

"I wanted to support the family, be there to let them know that even though I don't know him personally, but there's a personal attachment to it because of the fact that I've served," says William Richardson, an Army Veteran.

Also in attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders, a group that travels the nation honoring veterans and their families.

"It's just in our hearts to make sure that these fellas and women and their families know that they're appreciated. That they're not forgotten," says Brian 'pokechop' Knowles.

Gordon was scheduled to return home in about nine months. He would have come home on his 23rd birthday.

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