Family and friends gathered to honor a 22-year-old hero Saturday who was killed serving in Afghanistan.
Andrew Keller is the first graduate of Southridge High School in Beaverton to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Just four years after graduating from the school, he was buried with full military honors.
"He taught me that your accomplishments are within," said his father, Jeff Keller. "Andrew cared about the kind of person that he was and the kind of impact that he had on other people."
The former football player was shot when enemy forces attacked his unit 50 miles south of Kabul during a mission to secure an observation post.
During his 22 years, Keller experienced war, friendship, faith and true love.
"Every single day I would fall more in live with him," said his high school sweetheart, Marissa Jones. "Every time I saw him or looked at a picture I would get the biggest butterflies. He brings a sense of calmness to me that no one else can."
The service was held at Sunset Presbyterian Church in Beaverton. He was remembered as a man with many friends who volunteered to fight in a war; losing his life to protect freedom and share it with others.
In lieu of flowers, the Keller family asked mourners to send donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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