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10/22/08

Fallen Lubbock Soldier's Body Returns Home

The U.S. Army brought the body of 28-year-old Geoffrey Johnson home to Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport Wednesday morning. He was serving in Iraq when he died last week, and Wednesday was very emotional for the whole family.

The wind blew harsh and cold as family and friends said good bye to a man they loved. "He was just about living life and trying to do good," said Jim Johnson, Geoffrey's father.     

Geoffrey Johnson died in Iraq, but unlike other soldiers he didn't die in combat. Johnson died from complications after an appendectomy, and his family can't help but wonder what would have happened if he had the surgery at home. "To be real honest, I don't think it would have been the same had it happened here, but I don't find fault or blame," said his father. 

Friends and family say Johnson was an artist and a loving father of four. "He'd tell each kid that he loved them a billion times a billion. Or he'd say I love you a trillion times a trillion," said his mother, Jennifer Johnson.

Each member of the family still carries a piece of Johnson with them. "We've worn these bracelets since he left, and they have his face and his picture and his name and when he's serving over there," said Johnson's mother. 

The family planned to wear the bracelets until Johnson came home from Iraq. "It's just kind of a part of us. We've worn it for almost a year now, and I'm sure we'll keep on wearing it," said Jennifer Johnson.

Johnson left behind a wife and four kids. He read to his kids every night when he was at home, so before he went to Iraq he recorded hours of video of him reading books for his children. Even though he's gone, they can still fall asleep to their father reading to them.

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