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Local Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

By: Chris Herzog
By: Chris Herzog

For just the second time in a few weeks, the people of Ladysmith are grieving the loss of one of their own, killed while serving in the military.
On Friday, people remembered the life and dreams of Patrick Lybert.
A press conference was held Friday morning to talk about 28-year old Patrick Lybert.
People in town who knew him say his life was dedicated to serving his community, and his country.
And now the people of ladysmith are trying to come to terms with his death.
Patrick Lybert was a small town boy, with dreams of helping people.
People who knew him well, say it's no surprise he joined the military.
"He loved that because it was a challenge, it was a physical challenge. And that's what pat enjoyed in life. And yet he had that compassionate side", says family friend Joe Baye.
As an eagle scout he made it a priority to help younger kids.
Lybert graduated in 1996, an then joined the army in 2002, serving in Iraq.
After being in war torn Afghanistan for just six months, he re-enlisted for another five years.
But he had dreams of coming home for good.
And some say, that makes his death even harder to take.
Lladysmith is a very proud and a very patriotic town. But the people living here say that doesn't meake it any easier, when one of your own is gone.
"They're very proud of patrick, if he were sitting here with us today, he would say this is worth it for his family and his community", friend Dean Meyer said.
Meyer says Lybert talked about one day returning to Ladysmith and working as a police officer.
Meyer says he was a young man with a promising future.
But he also says, Patrick Lybert believed in the mission, and thought he was making a difference.
"He was a very, very honest, hard working young man that cared about other people", Meyer told us.
"Just really hurt. The loss of any person is very difficult. The loss of someone who is as good a young man as patrick, is very hard to take", Joe Baye said.
The military says it will take some time to complete an investigation into Lybert's death.
He is survived by his mother, father, stepfather and two brothers.
Patrick lybert was also engaged to be married.
Funeral arrangements are pending.


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