“Spc. Joseph “Joey” Riley was brought back to Central Ohio to be laid to rest after being killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan. Joey was known for a smile that could light up a room.”
from Mr. Riley’s football coach:
“Every now and then in a coach’s career, a kid comes along who changes things.
They are born leaders and hard workers. They celebrate successes better than anyone and are the first to help others overcome disappointment. They are kind and decent, and they leave their stamp on everyone’s heart.
For Scott McIntire, that kid was Joseph Riley.
“I was a coach for 37 years, and Joey ranks No. 1 on my list,” McIntire said yesterday, choking out his words through tears. “You try to make peace with something like this but … . ” His voice trailed off. Then, “I just don’t know how.”
Riley, a 27-year-old Army specialist and a 2005 graduate and former football standout at Grove City High School.
Riley’s family in Grove City, which includes his parents, Rodney and Michelle, and two older siblings, were notified of his death on Monday, said Grove City Police Chief Steve Robinette, who is assisting the family.
Until a couple of years ago when he enlisted, Riley spent his summers on a Grove City work crew. Robinette said the family was too shocked and saddened to talk yesterday, but through their church they released a statement last night asking for privacy so they can grieve:
“We are so heartbroken by this news. We are proud of our son and the sacrifice he made. He loved the Army and felt strongly that freedom is worth the fight. He loved Grove City, and we have already felt comforted by the love and support of this community, our many friends, and our beloved church family. Please know that we will see him again because he trusted Christ to usher him into eternity in
Many of the photos came from an e-mail from Mr. Riley’s Chiving friend, I added a few additional photos
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