by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Guam National Guard is stepping in to assist the family of fallen U.S. Army Private First Class Jaysine Petree. Adjutant General Major General Donald Goldhorn paid a visit to the family's residence in Yigo this morning.
"When we have a fallen service member on Guam, the entire island of Guam comes together to support that family and I extend my appreciation for what all the members and people of Guam do in times like this," Goldhorn said.
PFC Petree died on September 24 after the vehicle she was in was hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Her parents, Jayne and Herbert Petree say they did not want their daughter to join the Army, but that it was her drive to take care of her family and pay her way through college that compelled her to do so. They say the last time they spoke to their daughter was last week Wednesday.
Jayne said, "I was very surprised when those sergeants came and then they told me that she was dead. I'm really, really surprised, I cannot believe until we are doing the rosary; I cannot still believe that she passed away because she always called me, she will notify me anywhere they go."
Herbert added "Everytime she called no matter what time or day she always called to tell us, 'We're going out on a mission, pray for me and I'll call you when I get back and again.' Like the wife said, she never called."
"My final words to her is that I love her so much," her mother tearfully added, with her father saying, "And we'll miss her deeply."
Rosaries are still being said nightly at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Yigo at 7:30pm. A special ceremony will also be held Friday morning at Simon Sanchez High School in honor of the 2009 graduate.