Family Remembers Fallen Aggie Soldier

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Friends and family are remembering an Aggie soldier killed Saturday in Iraq.

PFC Billy Edwards deployed in May 2007. His family says he was born to serve and died doing what he loved.

"He was just a regular kid," Marykay Edwards, Billy's mother, said.

Billy was killed by a sniper Saturday in Iraq. Four other soldiers died when one stepped on a roadside bomb.

"When he died he was doing everything the right way," Edwards said.

Billy, 23, enlisted in the Army in February 2006. He deployed a year later.

"He was so happy and he was always like this was great," Edwards said.

After three years at a military academy in Harlingen, Billy graduated high school in Houston and joined the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets in 2002.

"He has always been a military guy," Edwards said. "He liked the structure of the military life. He didn't like to wander off. He liked direction."

After two semesters in College Station and one at Texas A&M Galveston, Billy left college to serve his country, a move he prepared for his entire life.

"I hope everybody just really continues to be grateful to the service of our armed services," Edwards said. "They're doing a wonderful job. They've been doing what they've been told to do."

Billy Edwards will be awarded a purple heart and silver star medal.

Funeral services are pending at Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell.