Fallen Hero Arrives Home

By Maureen Mespell
By Eric Dutkiewicz
By Stephanie Parkinson

May 25, 2012 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM EDT

AUBURN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - This Memorial Day weekend holds a special place in the hearts of many people in Auburn. Saturday a fallen solider arrived back in his hometown and was honored by hundreds in the community.

Sgt. JaBraun Knox was killed in action last week while serving in Afghanistan. Saturday he made his final flight home to DeKalb County.

“In something like this, there's no words to describe it,” said Sgt. Tony Knox, JaBraun's Uncle.

JaBraun's immediate family didn't want to speak with the media Saturday. JaBraun's uncle says they're still trying to find a way to grieve their loss.

"They're shocked and overwhelmed,” said Tony Knox.

The family isn’t alone through this difficult time. Saturday hundreds throughout the community showed their support for the family.

"I was overwhelmed on the community support. My brother, who was in the car with me, as we were leading the precession today, was overwhelmed, and he wanted to make sure that everybody knew how much the family appreciated the support, coming out today. It meant so much to them,” said Tony Knox.

From uniforms to patriotic attire and the waiving of the nation’s flag everyone showed their appreciation for Knox’s service to his country.

"Just to let them know that we are here, we care and we're just a small representation of all of America and all of this community that cares about them,” said Laura Bowser, Fort Wayne Area Blue Star Mothers.

Laura is one of the members of the Fort Wayne Area Blue Star Mothers who gathered at the county airport Saturday. Close to 300 bikes from the American Legion Riders and the Indiana Patriot Guard rode in the motorcade and hundreds of people from the community lined the streets of downtown Auburn.

Knox leaves behind many family members including his wife Courtney and 6-month-old son Braylon. He will be laid to rest Tuesday. The family has requested privacy at the funeral. There will be viewings open to the public Monday at the Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn.

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