Local soldier laid to rest after being killed in Afghanistan

Community says goodbye to fallen soldier

SAINT PETERSBURG - A packed church gathered to say goodbye to U.S. Army Specialist Brittany Gordon.

"She was not scared at all. She was worried about her brotherhood, but as far as being scared to go over and do what she was supposed to do that never crossed her mind," said her uncle retired Army Sergeant Thomas Gordon.

Members of the Gordon family described Brittany in terms such as young lady determined, unselfish and brave.

"I would like to say if that suicide bomber would have known that that was Brittany Gordon he would have turned around because he knew he was going to hurt too many people back here," said Thomas Gordon.

While deployed as an intelligence analyst in Afghanistan, Gordon's unit came under attack. She died 11 days after her 24th birthday.

"It is not fair for a child to die. It is out of the natural order. this is a painful experience. My faith remains my anger," said her mom Brenda Gordon.

Her father, Saint Petersburg assistant police chief Cedric Gordo,n remembered his daughter's passion and love for all.

"I know Brittany died serving a cause greater than our own self interest. Brittany had a commitment and dedication and love for the common good," he said.

Assistant chief Gordon last spoke to his daughter two days before she died. In a 34 minute conversation he said he will never forget, they said  "I love you" to each other one last time.

"There are no suicide bombers in heaven. You don't have to study war no more. No more. I love you Brittany. I will see you on the other side," he said.

People lined the streets outside St. Mark Missionary Baptist church to say goodbye to Specialist Gordon. She was buried in Thonotosassa.

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