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Sgt. La David Johnson, killed in Niger, is laid to rest

MiamiHerald / Sgt. La David Johnson was a family man first and foremost and on Saturday that was how the Miami Gardens soldier was remembered before he was laid to rest.

The 25-year-old serviceman drew national attention after a condolence call from President Donald Trump on Tuesday to his grieving widow sparked controversy. But Saturday was about him and his Miami roots as nearly 1,000 mourners gathered at a funeral service in Cooper City.

They remembered a neighborhood boy made motherless young but taken in by his aunt and uncle. They recounted his bicycle tricks, the hot dog cart he used to run, the ambition that led him to enlist and rise quickly in the Army. And, over and over again, they described Johnson as driven and loving son and husband, dedicated to improving life for his family .

His family, that’s all he talked about … He was really out there making a difference and doing what he loved to do.

Staff Sgt. Dennis Bohler, talking about Sgt. La David Johnson

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