Army officials say 22-year-old Christopher Neiberger was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq Monday.
Family and friends describe Neiberger as deeply empathetic, wickedly funny, and truly happy serving in the Army. Neiberger graduated from Gainesville High School in 2003 and attended Florida State University for two years before joining the Army in 2005.
Army officials say Neiberger was killed in Baghdad after suffering injuries from an improvised explosive device. He had been on a 15-month deployment.
Neiberger's family says Chris was a strong supporter of women's rights and democratic government, and enlisted to protect those rights for other people. Neiberger last came home for a two-week leave period for Christmas.
While he was home, he spoke to kids in his former Boy Scout troop about his experiences in Iraq. On Monday night, those same scouts were told Neiberger had been killed.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church. His family says Chris will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.