Central Park filled as hundreds turn out to honor Luxmore

Robert Blackford
A moment of silence is held for B.J. Luxmore.

Hundreds of people turned out in Aledo Saturday afternoon to honor Corporal Bryan J. "B.J". Luxmore, of New Windsor, who was killed in Afghanistan June 10.

A motorcade of more than 100 Patriot Guard members escorted Corporal Luxmore from the Quad Cities through Orion, New Windsor and Viola with the last scheduled stop in Aledo

A moment of silence was held in Corporal Luxmore's honor in Central Park.

Nicole Gibson attended junior high school with Luxmore. "He had a personality that was hard to forget. I was just stunned when I heard the news Sunday. I came out to honor a classmate and support the family. I want to honor his life."

Gibson said she and other friends and former teachers had been talking back and forth on Facebook about the tragedy. There is a youtube video with patriotic music  honoring him. They do it for all the member of the military who died over there."

"I have family in the military but don't have anyone who physically died in Afghanistan.

Gibson added, "He was someone with a good personality that no one is ever going to forget.

Gibson drove down to Aledo from Moline to pay her respects. "I wanted to come and be with everyone who was here to support and admire him."

MCHS teacher Mick Louck was one of those at the park to honor Luxmore. Louck remembered the athlete, the football player, the baseball player. His thoughts also turned to another veteran that day, Jerry Tharp, who was a classmate of his. Tharp, a member of the navy died in Iraq in 2006.

Funeral services for Corporal Luxmore will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning June 19 at Sherrard High School.

Following the service there will be a private burial in Hopewell Cemetery.