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UPDATE: Neighborhood shows support for Wyatt family

Friday, July 13, 2012 | 11:42 a.m. CDT; updated 1:00 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 19, 2012
Flags line the sidewalk around the Wyatts' home in Columbia in honor of Spc. Sterling Wyatt, who was killed in Afghanistan this week.

COLUMBIA — Residents of the Shepard neighborhood have started to line the Wyatt family yard with flags and fly their own to honor fallen Rock Bridge High School graduate Sterling Wyatt. 

Spc. Sterling Wyatt, 21, died in a homemade bomb attack on Wednesday in the Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

The public is invited to a tribute for Sterling Wyatt at 2 p.m. at Shepard Elementary.

The Wyatt family traveled to Dover Air Force Base on Thursday to witness the "dignified transfer" of Sterling Wyatt's body, which was performed by a team from Arlington National Cemetery around 12:15 a.m ET Friday. Brigadier Gen. Courtney P. Carr oversaw the transfer. 

According to the Air Force's Mortuary Affairs Operations, a dignified transfer is not a ceremony but a "solemn movement of the deceased" by his or her branch of the armed services.

Sherry Wyatt, Sterling's mother, said in an email that the day before her son's death he was promoted from private first class to specialist. 

He served in the Fifth Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Funeral arrangements were pending as of Friday morning.

Supervising editor is Katherine Reed.


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