[UPDATE] Thomasville Soldier Killed Overseas

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

[UPDATE] 11-19 -- 1:25pm

Shannon Chihuahua will be brought into Tallahassee on Sunday, November 21, and will arrive in Thomasville around 11am.

People will be lining the streets for his solemn return home.

Visitation for Shannon Chihuahua will be next Friday, the 26th, at Allen & Allen Funeral Home from 6-8pm. The funeral will be the following Saturday, the 27th, at First Baptist Church at 1 o'clock.

Stay with WCTV.tv for details

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UPDATED

The body of a brave soldier killed in combat last week will arrive home by Thanksgiving.

Family members of United States Army Specialist and Thomasville resident 25-year-old Shannon Chihuahua say his body should be arriving in Thomasville one week from Wednesday. They say funeral plans will be made for the following weekend.

Chihuahua was a Combat Medic who was killed in Afghanistan last week while helping another soldier. His body will be taken to Allen and Allen Funeral Home.

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UPDATED -- 5:15 p.m.

The Thomas County community is coming together once again this year to support a brave soldier killed in the line of duty.

The Department of Defense says Thomasville native Army Specialist 25-year-old Shannon Chihuahua died Friday in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

Now, Chihuahua's hometown along with the Patriot Guard Riders are preparing to escort the fallen soldier from Tallahassee Regional Airport back home.

The D.O.D says the Combat Medic was killed while helping another soldier. His body will be taken to Allen and Allen funeral home.

Community members say they will have a flag parade set for the fallen hero, although officials have not released exactly when the soldier's body will arrive.

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UPDATED 5:30 p.m.

Tragedy hits Thomasville again- a second solider dies in the line of duty in less than three months.

25-year-old Army medic Shannon Chihuahua died Friday night in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Department of Defense says he died from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Chihuahua lost his life while helping another solider. And on Monday, faculty, staff and students from his high school Alma Mater, Thomas County Central High School, mourned the loss of a truly great person.

"Immediately flashed back to all those years ago when Shannon was in my class and I was just overwhelmed with so much emotion because he's a dad and he's got children and he's fighting for our country," his former American Government teacher Leigh Barwick remembers a student with a passion for life.

"Shannon loved life. He was a lot of fun, very unpredictable in class. I just remember Shannon working hard and being respectful."

And his former English Teacher remembers when Chihuahua first told him he was joining the military.

"He stopped by and talked to us for a minute and said that he was joining the service and gave him a hand shake. Wished him well, you do that and it doesn't hit home that they might not come back," Jamie Thompson recalls.

Chihuahua was devoted to his country until the end...but the legacy of this brave solider will never be forgotten.

"Shannon will be somebody I will always remember. He'll be a vivid face that I'll have for memorial day and i'll always think of him and the sacrifice he made," Thompson said.

We're told his remains will be taken to Allen and Allen Funeral Home in Thomasville.

In September, Petty Officer Blake McLendon, also from Thomasville, died in Afghanistan when the helicopter he was in crashed.

His awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; and Combat Medic Badge.

Chihuahua is survived by his wife, Kristen Chihuahua and daughters, Sophia Chihuahua and Annabelle Chihuahua of Thomasville Ga.; mother, Dennice Dinkins of Thomasville, Ga. and father, Sebastian Chihuahua of Del Rio, Texas.

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The U.S. Army confirmed Specialist Shannon "Chanen" Chihuahua died in Afghanistan last week while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

A military release states that Thomasville, Georgia was Chihuahua's hometown. Chihuahua was a medic in the 101st Airborne.

Chihuahua's body returned to the United States at Dover Air Force Base on Sunday, November 14th at 12:55 p.m.

Chihuahua graduated from Thomas County Central High School in 2004.

We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.


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  • by Christina Location: Thomasville on Jan 6, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    To all of you that have prayed and stood behind my family for the loss of our baby brother thank you. Words can not express the pain that is with each of us every day. I am proud of my brother he loved being a medic and he choose to be on the front line because he said that someone who might not had made it if he wasn't there. That is something that not only I but many people could not do. And to Ted in Cario if you don't stand behind our troops feel free to go stand in front of one.
  • by shannon tucker-diaz Location: Tallahassee on Dec 2, 2010 at 08:47 AM
    I knew Shannon very well. We have been friends for years. I miss and love him very much. It is not goodbye but I will see you again soon. He was the greatest man I have ever known and will ever know. He made the ultimate sacrifice and for Ted. What do you do that is so brave. A soldier is brave by making the choice to join and fight for OUR FREEDOM. So when you lay down at night maybe you should thank Shannon for your freedom. He was fighting for all of us and died doing what he wanted.
  • by Robert Location: Quincy, FL on Nov 27, 2010 at 04:58 AM
    I'm so sorry! AND I'm scared and MAD. Our only grandson, a 25 year old army medic is leaving for Afghanistan next week! It is horrible to sacrifice our youth for such a sick endeavor as war! Love and peace to the family of this precious boy!
  • by Keith Location: Cairo on Nov 21, 2010 at 02:22 PM
    I would like to thank the Tallahassee Police and Sheriff Department and to the Thomasville Police Department on the job they did with getting our son Shannon home,also The Golden Eagles and to all the people that were there.It made us proud to know that Shannon will be remembered as the HERO he was.Thank you and GOD BLESS AMERICA.
  • by Teresa Location: Thomasville on Nov 20, 2010 at 09:25 PM
    " no greater love is this than he who lays down his life for a friend".. That was the Shannon I knew. His ready smile to brighten everyone's day. His willingness to always help others. He was truly a very special person. He is truly an American Hero. You will never be forgotten, Shannon, not by your family, your friends, or your community.
  • by Mike Location: Tallahassee on Nov 20, 2010 at 04:50 PM
    God Bless Shannon, his family, and his friends...May you find peace and comfort during this time of hardship. WE salute his service and sacrifice.
  • by Tammy Location: thomas on Nov 20, 2010 at 07:00 AM
    Army mom...My family wants to show support of our fallen hero, how do we get in touch with the organizer of the flag parade? A big THANK YOU to your child & to Debbies husband. Your bravery and commitment to protecting the home of the FREE is and will always be appreciated and never forgotten. And ted...Its better to remain silent and be thought of as fool then to speak and remove all doubt.
  • by Army Mom Location: Thomasville on Nov 19, 2010 at 02:55 PM
    Debbie, the latest email I got, his pickup time at the airport was changed to 11:55 am on Sunday......
  • by The Original Bob Location: Perry on Nov 19, 2010 at 02:36 PM
    God rest this hero's soul. God bless his family.
  • by Debbie Location: Tallahassee, FL on Nov 19, 2010 at 01:45 PM
    Does anyone know when he will be arriving in Tallahassee? My husband is currently on leave from Afghanistan, and would like to pay his respects when he arrives at Tall Airport. We hope that his family have some comfort in the fact that he died courageously and we respect him greatly for his service to his country.
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