A South Florida soldier killed in an ambush in Africa has returned home to be laid to rest.
The Delta flight from Atlanta carrying the body of 25-year-old Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson arrived at Miami International at around 5 p.m.
There was a water cannon salute from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue as the aircraft taxied to the gate.
A short time later, the casket carrying Sgt. Johnson’s body emerged from the bottom of the plane draped in an American flag. CBS4’s Carey Codd was told that a member of his unit escorted to body to South Florida.
Sgt. Johnson’s widow, Myeshia, pregnant with the couple’s third child, walked to the casket with her eldest child.
She did what any grieving military spouse would do – she wept over the flag-draped casket of her husband.
Myeshia poured forth a torrent of tears, grieving the loss of the man she considered her soulmate.
The hearse arrived with Sgt. Johnson’s body at a funeral home in Hollywood late Tuesday.
“This young man needed every honor we could bestow upon him. All of the law enforcement officers along the way saluting him and the young family,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara. Jordan.
The couple’s six-year-old daughter stood by the coffin with her mother, while their two-year-old son waited in the arms of a relative standing nearby.
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton reacted on Twitter to news of Trump’s phone call saying: ‘Mrs Johnson, I cannot begin to imagine your loss. Your family & all who mourn Sgt. Johnson are in my prayers & those of countless Americans.’
Trump called on Tuesday the families of the four US troops who were killed in Niger nearly two weeks ago.
It came a day after he said he would call them at the ‘appropriate time’ when questioned about his public silence.