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Funeral for murdered National Guard sergeant held in Ripley, TN

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Family and friends said goodbye to a Tennessee National Guard sergeant Monday. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Family and friends said goodbye to a Tennessee National Guard sergeant Monday. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Investigators say Michael Braden was shot and killed by 15-year-old Christopher Farrar. (Photo Source: WSMV) Investigators say Michael Braden was shot and killed by 15-year-old Christopher Farrar. (Photo Source: WSMV)
(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
RIPLEY, TN -

 (WMC) - Family and friends said goodbye to a Tennessee National Guard sergeant Monday.

Sergeant First Class Michael Wayne Braden died July 9 when a teenager shot and killed him at the National Guard Armory in Lobelville, Tenn.

The Ripley community and fellow service members came out in numbers to pay their respects to Braden.

"I was deployed with him 2007 and 2008 to Kuwait," friend Sarah King said.

People from all over the country, soldiers in full uniform and patriot guard riders were in attendance.

"Helping soldiers is what he thrived on, and, gosh, he was so good at it," King added.

Investigators say 15-year-old Christopher Farrar walked into the National Guard Armory in Perry County and opened fire, taking Braden's life.

"You expect this when you're overseas," King said. "You don't expect this in your armory."

King drove 14 hours from Wisconsin and says these kinds of trips always bring tears.

"It's sad to think that most of the time, that we do all get together after deployment is times like this," King added.

Last week, Braden's son told us he enlisted the same day his dad was killed.

"When we walked out, me and my recruiter went to, you know, go get some breakfast, and I hugged him and told him I loved him and got in the car and drove off," Wyatt Braden said.

What would cause someone to take the life of a soldier, a leader, and a father? It's a question King hopes will be answered, but she won't let anything overshadow Braden's legacy.

"That's one thing that 15-year-old boy can't take away is anything good he ever did for this community, for the guard, for everything," King said.

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