A memorial service set for Saturday to honor U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Chester McBride Jr. has been postponed.
According to Statishia Cone, president of the Class of 2003, which was organizing the memorial for their fallen classmate, the ceremony set for 5 p.m. in the Statesboro High auditorium was postponed "out of respect" for the family's wishes.
"The Class of 2003 would like to thank the community of Statesboro for the outpouring of support while planning ceremony to remember our fellow classmate, Chester J. McBride Jr.," Cone wrote in an email to the Herald. "Due to unforeseen circumstances, we were asked out of respect for the family to postpone all ceremony and presentations until official home going arrangements were complete. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We ask that everyone keep the McBride family in your prayers during this trying time of tragedy as they mourn."
McBride, a Statesboro native, was killed Monday along with five fellow American troops when a suicide attacker rammed an explosives-laden motorcycle into a joint NATO-Afghan patrol.
No arrangements for when McBride will be returned to Statesboro have been announced.