MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Saturday, family and friends of U.S. Army Sergeant Christopher Pugh said their final goodbyes.
“If we truly believe of the promise of eternal life, we will see him again and the reunion will be glorious,” said Laetita Singletary, family member.
Pugh was killed April 27 when he was shot in the back of the head, attempting to break up a fight outside a bar in Lawton, Oklahoma.
He was 23 years old.
Pugh's parents held their two young grandchildren as they told us the most difficult part of losing their son is that he'll never see his kids grow up.
"They'll never know how wonderful he was, but they will through us. We're going to make sure that they know that he had this wittiness about him, how crazy of a dancer he was and more so that he love unbelievably with all of his heart," said Machelle Pugh-Smith, mother.
"Well he started telling me just recently, he said, 'Dad I want to be just like you' and I was like, 'no, you really don't.' He said, 'Yes I do.' And he texted me a few times and I said, 'I want you to be better than me Christopher,'" said Christopher Pugh Sr., father.
Pugh had served his country in two tours of duty in South Korea and was preparing for a third tour.
Family members donned his favorite color, gray, inside the church. His mother came up with the idea to add a hint of yellow.
"Sunshine, he was my sunshine," said Pugh-Smith.
So far, no one has been charged with Pugh's death.
The Pugh family is still hopeful they will get justice soon.
"They're still investigating but they said it's promising because they haven't hit a wall and they still have leads they're following up on," said Pugh Sr.
A solider, father, husband and son was laid to rest.
Home in Memphis again and remembered as a hero.