Reporter: David Tate
Lexington, VA - US Army First Lieutenant Chase Prasnicki was laid to rest not far from his childhood Lexington home in Buena Vista Tuesday.
One can only imagine what a young war widow thinks at her fallen soldier's funeral.
Happier days were just months before - almost seven months to the day - the day that he died.
Feeling alone would be a natural reaction for Emily Prasnicki in the weeks after her husband Chase was killed.
But it wasn't something the people of Lexington would let happen.
"Respect is due for the life that's been given. It's the least we can do is to get out. And everyone seems to have basically the same emotion and the same feelings," said Edward Culp who came from nearby Fairfield.
Well over 100 packed St. Patrick's Catholic Church with at least that many outside.
"For this area it's a considerable amount of people to show up for such a thing. And it shows that small communities come together," said Culp
Anne Johnson wanted to bring her granddaughter Jenna partly out of respect and partly to teach a life lesson.
"If you don't know him, you know of him in this town. And it's sad to lose someone so young," said Johnson.
Fellow "Sky Soldiers" from around the world came: a family, one member short came; a community wanting to share the grief came just so his young widow wouldn't be alone.
Lt. Prasnicki was laid to rest at Buena Vista's Greenhill Cemetery next to his grandfather.
He precedes both his parents in death as well as a brother and sister.
Krasnicki was just 24.
Rockbridge Co., VA - The funeral for a Rockbridge County soldier who was killed in the line of duty is now underway in Lexington.
Friends and family of Chase Prasnicki are gathered at St Patrick's Catholic Church. The service got under way about 11 a.m.
Prasnicki was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan just three days after he was deployed.
The 24-year-old was a high school football standout in Rockbridge County.
After attending West Point, he went on to become a first lieutenant Army Ranger.
We have a crew at his funeral and will have a full story tonight.