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Memorial For East Texas Soldier

Hundreds gathered tonight in the theater at Brownsboro High School to remember 2005 graduate Allen Brenton Jaynes.  The 21 year old Private First Class was killed a week and a half ago by a roadside bomb in Iraq.  There were songs, a candlelight service and special remembrances given by friends and former teachers.  

The memorial service was closed out with the playing of Taps.

"We just wanted to do something special for Allen. He was a big brother, he was a best friend to everybody and it just wouldn't have been right for us to treat these last few weeks like nothing had happened. It wouldn't have been right not to do something," says memorial organizer, Summer Hulsey.

The school has set up a scholarship fund in Private First Class Jaynes' memory. Another fund in his name is set up at the First State Bank in Athens.

Joe Terrell, Reporting

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