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Spc Gabriel Conde Dies in Afghanistan – Not Forgotten by His Community

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Specialist Gabriel Conde was killed by enemy small arms fire on April 30 in Afghanistan while serving with the 25th Infantry Division from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. On Saturday, his funeral was held in Longmont, Colorado. According to local news in the Coloradoan, the service was “anything but stoic.”

When his body arrived at Northern Colorado Regional airport on Friday, community members lined the streets as the procession brought him home.

The Coloradoan reported,

Conde was remembered Saturday as a man who was confident but also humble; a man who often became frustrated with the world and the people in it, but who loved his family and friends and cared for the less fortunate; a man who was a warrior but also a poet; and a man who was stoic but also fiercely passionate about what he believed in.

But most importantly for his family, he was remembered as man who loved God and joined the military because he felt that God was calling him to do so.

After a brief introduction by a family friend, high school friends of Conde spoke at the service, recalling a friend whose sense of adventure left them with many memories. A slideshow of pictures showed a fit Conde — family friend Jim Land called him self-disciplined and focused — who was often running, biking, rock climbing, shooting and enjoying the outdoors.

He was often seen in a cowboy hat and boots, and often recommended to his friend Kiah Leonard not to date anyone who didn’t do the same, she said.

Conde was described as a hero and a warrior. nd his fellow soldiers felt the same about him.

“He died doing exactly what he was supposed to do. He died in combat, a warrior’s death, a hero’s death, protecting the lives of his brothers to his left and his right.” Lt Lucas Behler

Though he had not yet achieved the title of Green Beret, one soldier felt he was headed that direction.

“Gabe truly earned my respect, my trust and admiration and my love. … I will forever honor Spc. Conde as a green beret. You earned it, my friend.” Army Sgt. Travis Marshall 

The loss of this soldier rippled through the community and his family, as all who have died in the wars our Armed Forces fight have done. The circumstances of his death were not released.

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