UPDATED: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 10:16am
COLLEGE STATION -- It was a somber day in Central Texas, one day after celebrating our independence, as hundreds attended the funeral for a man who was shot and killed by a fellow soldier at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Lauren Holman has more on the former Aggie, highly decorated Veteran, father and husband who was laid to rest this afternoon.
It's a tragedy that's left a community searching for answers.
"I can't do anything about it," said Aggie Scott Dougherty. "I can't change what happened but the one thing I can do is come out here and show my support."
Last Thursday, 42-year-old Army Lieutenant Colonel Roy Lin Tisdale of Alvin, Texas was shot and killed during a safety briefing meeting by another soldier.
"The world is a lesser place losing him," said Corps of Cadets member Michael Coggs.
Lt. Col. Tisdale, a 1993 A&M graduate and Corps of Cadets member, died instantly.
He served two tours of duty, both in Iraq and Afghanistan and was a decorated soldier earning three Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star, just to name a few.
And with the threat of protestors from the Westboro Baptist Church showing up today, more than 400 Aggies gathered outside the church to make a wall of maroon to shield Tisdale's family.
"You see the opening words to the 'Spirit of Aggieland' and it says, "There's a spirit that can ne'er be told." All you have to do is look down this line to understand what that means," said A&M alum, Michael Beggs.
Corps of Cadets member, Michael Cobbs, got emotional talking about the overwhelming response from the community.
"It's amazing. You come to A&M and hear about the family and you don't really grasp it and you really don't get an idea of what that is until something like this happens."
Immediately following the funeral Lt. Col. Tisdale was laid to rest in the Aggie Field of Honor.
He leaves behind a wife and two children.
The family asks in lieu of flowers that you make a donation to help his children pay for college.
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