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Vigil held for fallen Green Beret

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TOLAR, Texas -

There was a vigil Wednesday evening for Sgt. Riley Stephens, the Green Beret who was killed in Afghanistan. And it was clear that he was loved and respected by the turnout.

Stephens was killed last week when he was hit by small arms enemy fire in the Wardak province.

His lifelong friends said they never thought they'd be honoring his legacy.

"We all hated to see him deploy each and every time. He would always come back. That was damn near a guarantee because we all thought he was invincible," said Jamie Green, a family friend.

In fact, Stephens volunteered for his fifth tour of duty. In early September another Special Forces unit got called to fight in Afghanistan and needed a medic.

As a Green Beret he also had training in airborne tactics and special weapons.

A soldier from his unit at Fort Bragg, N.C. told his parents about the greatest gift he gave.

"I can't say thank you enough. The day that Riley was born, you had no idea that the sacrifice he would make would give me a chance at life," said Dwayne Morris.

Stephens' wife, 3-year-old daughter, parents, siblings and extended family attended the vigil. Veterans presented them with a flag.

At the end hundreds of classmates, friends and neighbors lit candles in his honor.


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