Danville, VA - The father of the Danville man killed in Afghanistan is now just waiting for his son's body to be returned. We told you about how Lee McCubbins was killed last week.
Lee's father Ralph McCubbins says waiting for him to be returned home is the hardest part. Ralph heard last Thursday, the day after Christmas, that his son was killed that day. He says that Lee was working as a contractor to protect the construction of a power plant. He was working as a K-9 handler.
Ralph tells us that Lee was shot in the back by an Afghan sniper as he was jogging with his dog.
Lee was in Afghanistan off and on since 2009. But prior to that he was a Danville Police Officer then went to Iraq. Ralph says he went abroad because of the money -- to help support his 15-year-old daughter. He spoke with Lee on Christmas morning.
"He told me he loved me," said Ralph.
Ralph says he last saw his son in September. But he recently had a feeling, that may be the last time he would see him.
"You know you never are ready for this. But I had been expecting it. Gut feeling. I told my wife 3 weeks ago if he didn't get out from over there, the way things were going, it wouldn't surprise me to get a call," said Ralph.
Ralph expects his son's body to be returned in the next 7 to 9 days. Then, they will be able to plan the funeral.
If you want to help the family, you can contact them at (276) 650-8592.