Hundreds of Hoosiers gather to pay their respects to a fallen soldier
GARY, Ind. -- Hundreds of Hoosiers lined the streets on Monday to pay their respects to a fallen soldier!
The body of Sergeant Brian Leonhardt arrived in Gary on Monday afternoon.
The 21-year-old national guardsman died in Afghanistan earlier this month when his humvee struck a roadside bomb.
Three other members of the Valparaiso-based 713th Engineer Company were also killed.
Many people in the crowd today didn't even know Leonhardt. "I have a son the same age. It's real sad. I don't even know the guy, and I feel so sorry for the family. I even cried myself. Such a young man, and he already lost his life," said mourner Simon Abeyta.
Sergeant Leonhardt was from Merrillville.
He will be laid to rest on Wednesday.