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Services held for state soldier killed in vehicle crash in Iraq

ENTERPRISE (AP) — Services were held in Enterprise for Army Sgt. Eddie Jeffers who died in a vehicle crash in Iraq.

The 23-year-old graduate of Daleville High School died Sept. 19 after a vehicle he was riding in flipped over as a convoy of soldiers were returning to base after a mission. The accident remains under investigation.

At his funeral Saturday, Jeffers was described as a supporter of the war.

In an online essay in February, Jeffers wrote: “The Iraqis are capable of free government but we cannot call it quits because we think they aren’t.”

He continued: “Someone has to believe in them, someone has to help them out; someone has to provide the example. We are showing it to them. Some have taken it, many haven’t, but it will spread...because freedom feels good.”

Terry Sorrells told mourners that while Jeffers’ fight is over, his family’s struggle is just beginning. He urged the mourners to come together to support them through their grief.

Jeffers’ survivors include his wife, Stephanie Reeves Jeffers.

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