By Melanie Posey
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Flags flew at half staff Wednesday morning in front of the Briarwood Christian School. They were doing so in honor of Lance Corporal Thomas Rivers.
After graduating from the school in 2007, Rivers joined the Marine Corps. He served one tour in Iraq. Then, while serving in Afghanistan, Rivers was killed by a roadside bomb Tuesday morning.
"It's difficult because on one hand, we're so sad and on the other hand, we're so proud because Thomas Rivers was a real hero," said Fred Yancey, who serves as Briarwood's Dean of Students. He also coached Rivers who was part of the football team all four years he was at Briarwood.
Yancey said he died doing what he loved. "They have a reputation of being the toughest and that's what drew Thomas to the Marines, I'm positive," Yancey said. "He wanted that tough challenge and he wanted the action."
Funeral services for Lance Corporal River are still pending.
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