An Army soldier with ties to the Bay area has died while serving overseas.
Army Specialist Brittany Gordon was killed in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan over the weekend. She is the daughter of St. Petersburg Assistant Police Chief Cedric Gordon.
"This loss is devastating. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Gordon and his family during this time of unimaginable grief," said St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon.
Brittany Gordon, 24, was a KC Team Lead in the United States Army and had been stationed in Afghanistan since March. She was scheduled to return home in December.
"We were looking forward to that until Saturday night. They came and told my daughter what had happened," said Sarah Thompson, Brittany's grandmother.
Brittany graduated from St. Petersburg High school in 2006. She was involved in the school's band and served as captain of SPHS Varsity Women's Basketball team.
"She had an amazing amount of goodness. The goodness came from her family. It came from her community. The fact that she went away doesn't diminish it. The goodness of her is still out there," said Lee Bryant, one of Brittany's former teachers at St. Pete High.
After graduating, Brittany attended the University of Florida. Her grandmother said she decided to leave school early to satisfy an urge to serve her country.
"She wanted to help everybody that she could," Thompson said Monday.
Brittany's parents were in Dover, Delaware on Monday to retrieve their daughter's remains. No funeral arrangements have been made at this point in time.
Spc. Brittany Gordon
is the first female from the Tampa Bay area killed in combat during the conflicts in Iraq and
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