Mother: Fallen soldier was "true hero"
HAMMOND - A fallen soldier received a solemn welcome today in Louisiana.
The body of Spc. Chris Drake arrived at the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport Tuesday morning. Family members were there to greet Drake's body as his flag-draped casket was taken off the airplane.
His mother Rose Drake told News 2 her son was a true hero.
"He did a courageous job. He did the ultimate sacrifice. Something that most wouldn't attempt to do. And I love him for that. And I'm sure he know that everybody else loves him for that also," she said.
The 20-year-old was killed last Sunday when the vehicle he was in was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. He had only been deployed for a month-and-a-half before the attack took his life.
Drake's funeral is planned for 11 a.m. Monday at Eagle Heights church in Tickfaw. It will be open to the public.