FROM READERS: In Columbia, community support for Spc. Sterling Wyatt

Saturday, July 21, 2012 | 12:45 p.m. CDT; updated 6:23 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 21, 2012

COLUMBIA — Supporters gathered in front of First Baptist Church on Saturday before the funeral of Spc. Sterling Wyatt. Residents wore red to symbolize their support.

Readers have been sending us their images from the events. Some of them are included here, and many more are in an album on our Facebook page.

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Amie Allen July 21, 2012 | 2:07 p.m.

Hello, my name is Amie Allen and I live in San Jose, CA. My sister Brie Allen is currently living in Columbia and going to Mizzou. She called me this morning in regards to the funeral being held there for an American soldier who had passed away and the support of basically a whole town for him and his family. I just wanted to say that I was touched to hear that a whole community has come together to show their support for this soldier and his family. It shows the world that people no matter who they are or what kind of background they have can come together as one and so such great support. I want to say thank you for the sacrifice this soldier has made for myself and this nation and for the people out there putting their needs and wants aside to show support. I am so sorry to his family for their loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you Columbia for reminding so many how much good is out there and what people can do for strangers when asked to step up. THANK YOU!

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Joy Mayer July 22, 2012 | 2:29 p.m.

Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed photos from this weekend's tributes. We have 87 photos in our Facebook album so far, and you can see them all here:

One reader also sent us a link to a YouTube video of the funeral procession. It's here:

Joy Mayer
Director of community outreach
Columbia Missourian

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