Two communities in Central Florida are mourning the loss of two local soldiers killed in Afghanistan - Pfc. Brenden Salazar, 20, of Chulota and Spc. Justin Horsley, 21 of Palm Bay.
Salazar was a 2010 graduate of Paul Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Principal Sam Momary remembers how proud the school community was when Salazar made the decision to serve his country.
"A good student, just a young man who joined the service to serve his country and represent his family and our community," Momary said.
The Department of Defense says Salazar and Horsley were killed in Afghanistan on Sunday when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.
Momary says the school plans on honoring the soldier's death by creating a memorial within the school for those students coming after Salazer who dedicate their lives to their country.
"This is our first graduate who has died in military service, I think we're going to create a wall of fame for those kids in the future who graduate from Hagerty and represent our country and give the ultimate sacrifice," Momary said.
Both of those fallen soldiers where assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat team.