Strother funeral draws large crowd

class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-43454″ src=”” alt=”strotherfuneral” width=”500″ height=”279″ />Supporters come together to celebrate the life of American hero David Strother. The 44-year-old soldier died during a training exercise off the Florida panhandle earlier this month.

His body was laid in state for two days at the Riverfront Center and today was his funeral. Chief Strother leaves behind a wife, children, and his mother.

He was a veteran guardsman who attracted a lot of praise from several military officials. One commander described him as a force of nature, a man who loved to fly, and a leader with a strong personality.

The accident also took the lives of three other guardsmen and seven marines.

KLAX ABC 31 News 3/26/15