A Ralls soldier killed while fighting overseas was laid to rest Tuesday morning.
Sergeant Randell Olguin, 24, was killed last Sunday when insurgents attacked his unit in Baghdad.
The Olguin family personally invited NewsChannel 11 to attend the funeral service. Normally, NewsChannel 11 would not want to intrude on such a personal and emotional service but the family says they want people to know about Olguin and the cause he gave his life for overseas.
One of the many things we've learned about this American hero is that he was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his sacrifice on.
Tuesday, family and friends gathered at the First Baptist Church in Ralls to say their final goodbyes to Olguin. During the service fellow soldiers spoke of Olguin's brave character and his willingness to serve our country overseas.
Olguin's father says the outpouring of love from the Ralls community has been tremendous.
"It means a great deal. I didn't expect this many people. I knew he was well known but didn't know how much. It's really been an honor to know these people and we appreciate everything they've done for us," said Sid Olguin.
Olguin's brother spoke at Tuesday's funeral and urged people to never take their loved ones for granted.
"Cherish every moment of your life. Tell people you love that you love them," says Jose Olguin.
Also at Tuesday's funeral service the mayor of Ralls read a proclamation which stated all flags in the community will remain at half staff until Tuesday, October 15th.
In addition, Olguin's former baseball coach presented his family with Olguin's jersey and announced that he is retiring that jersey, so no one else at Ralls High School will wear the number 14 on his baseball jersey ever again.