Aggie Soldier Remembered, Surrounded By Maroon Wall

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

A Texas A&M graduate, killed last week by a fellow soldier, was laid to rest this afternoon in College Station.

Army Lieutenant Colonel Roy Lin Tisdale was just 42 years old.

Funeral services were held today at the Central Baptist Church in College Station. Outside the church hundreds of people lined up to protect a soldier who defended our country.

“We are standing here quietly. We are here for the family,” said Lilly McAlister, a Texas A&M student. "We are positioned with our backs to them. Everyone has been told there's no chanting, no singing, there's no yelling anything back.”

It’s solidarity that these supporters feel Tisdale and his family deserves during this tragic time.

"You don't bury your children, the children bury their parents, but you don't bury your children,” said Linda Tisdale, the soldier’s mother.

Last week the former Corps of Cadets member and Texas A&M graduate was killed by another soldier at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Keeping the ceremony peaceful was the goal for hundreds of people from all over the state.

"My motivation was to come out and protect the family from some people that are spewing some really nasty, nasty messages,” said Kent Gibbs, a Texas A&M Graduate.

A church group from Kansas targets military funerals because of a belief that God punishes soldiers because of America's tolerance of gays.

That group never showed up as threatened, but Aggies and even those from other schools formed a human wall around the Central Baptist Church just in case.

"Today schools don't matter, it is all about helping out the family,” said Jody Gibbs, a University of Texas graduate.

The human wall is something people say will never be forgotten, for someone who will always be remembered.

"It seemed like it went for miles. I just [got] goose bumps on top of goose bumps. That is something that was very emotional, “said Tisdale’s colleague.

Tisdale served in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and graduated from Texas A&M in 1992.

His tours of duty included both Iraq and Afghanistan.

His body was laid to rest right after the funeral at the Aggie Field of Honor.

(Click on the article image to see a slide show from the funeral.)

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