Fallen Soldier Laid to Rest

By Linda Jackson
By Scott Sarvay
By Daniela Salvador
By Stephanie Parkinson

May 29, 2012 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 9:07 PM EDT

AUBURN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The family of a man killed in the line of duty said goodbye to him Tuesday. Sgt. JaBraun Knox was laid to rest with military honors at the Highland Park Cemetery in Fort Wayne.

The family requested privacy during the burial. Only family and close friends attended. Earlier in the day hundreds gathered for a service at the National Military History Center in his hometown of Auburn.

At the service his friends and family talked about his smile and his positive energy he always had despite what was going on around him.

Army Maj. Gen. Jeff Buchanan from his base, Fort Lewis in Washington, talked about his incredible leadership skills. He said he set the example and led by example.

One of his former coaches said, "Courtney and Braylon, you can take comfort in knowing he made this world a better place."

His sister and one of his cousins talked about how proud they are of him. His fellow soldiers also spoke and said how his wife Courtney and 6-month-old son Braylon were his inspiration and all he did was talk about them. One of his uncles said he's the greatest man he knows.

On Memorial Day many also attended a calling at The Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn to pay their respects.

Knox's loved ones ask that any donations be directed to a trust for Knox's son Braylon at PNC Bank in Auburn or the Wounded Warriors program.

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