Tickfaw man dies during deployment in Afghanistan; remembered by community

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 10:37am

Christopher Drake, 20, entered the armed forces less than two years ago and now one day after Memorial Day he is being remembered by family and friends.

Francis Wells is the Assistant Principal at Independence High. He said it feels like yesterday when Christopher Drake walked down the halls.

"Christopher was an outgoing person, full of love, fun and full of life," said Wells.

Once she heard the tragic news, she couldn't face the truth.

"We are just devastated. You know when you get to child that you've worked with for four years, then knowing his parents,” noted Wells. “His mom was a student here at Independence High School."

He was also an all star athlete. His high school football coach says it wasn't that long ago they spoke

"It kind of shook us up," said Coach Keith Carona.

They spoke for what he could never have imaged could be the last time.

“The last time, I talked to him his plans you know he told me he was going to Afghanistan,” noted Carona.

“I’m sure that when he went to the military he never thought about the outcome," Wells said. "He was just looking out for his country as he did his fellow students and classmates,”

Passing away on the weekend dedicated to those who have fallen will now give Drakes family and friends more meaning to "Memorial Day."

“If Chris would have had a choice, Memorial Day would have been a day he would have chosen because he was serving his country."

Christopher Drake will be remembered as a son, fiancé, brother and friend, lost in the line of duty.

“It’s like part of you has been lost we’ve lost someone ourselves."

NBC33 spoke with his fiancé several times Tuesday. She tells us, understandably, the family is having a tough time.



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