SAN ANTONIO -- The body of 21-Year-old Spc. Kedith Jacobs arrived at Joint Base San Antonio – Randolph Monday to be taken to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery for his final burial on Wednesday.
Several hundred civilian and military people lined Harmon Drive to pay their respects as Jacobs' procession drove by.
Jacobs' unit was assigned in the Chak-E Wardak District, Afghanistan participating in Operation Enduring Freedom, when they were attacked by enemy forces. Jacobs and a fellow soldier were both killed May 27.
Sherry King, Kedith’s mother, says he worked in Intelligence. He lived in Denver and has a wife and a baby daughter. King says that she was overwhelmed with the outpouring she received from emails of people that don’t know her and the people that showed for the arrival.
“I can feel it in their hearts that the feelings that they are displaying are really real. I can feel it on paper, I can feel it in their writing,” said King.
Families along the way expressed their gratitude and say as sad as the gathering is, they see the crowds are getting bigger when a soldier comes in to Fort Sam. Families say it was national news every day when a soldier was killed, but now it seems nobody notices.
Berverly Volle was one of those who came out to support Jacobs.
“We need to let the family know that we care, that we appreciate it,” she said.
Another onlooker stated, "Their families are going to suffer for the rest of their lives because what they have given for us.”