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Remembering Bryan Henderson

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WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Franklin Parish native Bryan Henderson was among five service members killed Monday when their helicopter went down in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

Winnsboro's iconic giant American flag is flying at half-staff, mourning the loss of one of their own Bryan Henderson. He was well known and many here remember him from his childhood and school years.

Bryan Gunter is Henderson's former teacher. "This has been very hard on many members of the community because we were close to his family and a lot of community members knew him and its been a tough loss," said Gunter.

A flag ceremony was held at his alma mater, Franklin Parish High School, where students, veterans, and family members gathered. Each wanted to make sure they made the effort to be out here and show their support. Including Jennie Box who taught Henderson in class. "It hurt me in the heart, it just was such a shock you hear about these crashes and kids dying all the time but its hit home now and it does hurt," said Box.

Henderson graduated from ULM in 2006 and the former department head of aviation Sally Davidson describes him as a positive role model saying his heart and soul were in aviation and he visited the school every semester after he graduated to talk with aviation students. Henderson is survived by his wife and six year old step daughter.

Initial reports show bad weather may have caused the chopper to go down.


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