A Mesquite family is mourning the loss of their son, Army Staff Sgt. Jeremie Border.
The 28-year-old Green Beret was killed in action Saturday in Afghanistan. The military has not released any details surrounding Border’s death.
Neighbors in Mesquite are rallying to help Border’s mother, who is grieving the loss of her only son.
Longtime neighbor John Counts has been collecting signatures from neighbors to deliver a sympathy card to Border's mother, as she prepares to bury her only son.
“All I can do is let his family know I am there for them, and give my condolences to them, anything I can do, I am there for them,” said Counts.
Neighbors remember Border as a smart and athletic kid who played on the 2002 Mesquite High School state championship football team.
“Every time they won a game, their house gets paper-rolled and when you see toilet paper all over the house you knew he won that game and that made everybody happy,” said Counts.
But Border’s death leaves his friends and family with heavy hearts. McMurry University classmate, Brandon Bartles, wrote in an email, “Many of us had goals to be businessmen, engineers, etc.,his goal, from before I ever knew him, was to protect his country, regardless of his ultimate sacrifice. He is a true American hero.”
Border graduated from McMurry University in Abilene in 2006. The school will honor him during a ceremony Tuesday at 11 a.m. Flags will also fly at half-staff on campus.