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Funeral Held For Soldier Killed In Armory Attack

Funeral Held For Soldier Killed In Armory Attack

CREATED Jul 14, 2014

RIPLEY, Tenn. – The soldier shot and killed at a National Guard armory in Perry County was laid to rest Monday.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Braden was buried in his hometown of Ripley, about an hour north of Memphis in Lauderdale County.

Investigators said Braden was shot and killed by 15-year-old Christopher Farrar last Wednesday.

Farrar was charged with criminal homicide for the Lobelville attack.

A judge ruled the teen would remain in custody on Friday.

Braden was 45 years old. Family and friends described him as a fun-loving guy who enjoyed the outdoors and the University of Tennessee Football.

His 17-year-old son, Wyatt, said he would not forget the last memory he shared with his dad. Wednesday morning, Wyatt said he started his own military career by enlisting in the army.

Hours later, his father was killed.

“He died a hero, you know. That kid walked in and my dad told the other soldier there stay in the bathroom. He fought the kid to the best of his abilities,” Wyatt told Memphis CBS affiliate WREG.

Braden was a 27-year veteran of the Tennessee Army National Guard. He left behind a wife and three children.

The motive and other circumstances surrounding the incident remained under investigation. It was not immediately clear if Farrar targeted Braden specifically, or if the shooting was random.

Investigators said they recovered several weapons from inside the teen's home and were working to determine whether or not one of the firearms was used in the shooting.

Investigators said Farrar somehow gained access to the armory, which is usually locked, and fired several shots around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. One of the shots struck Braden.

He was transported to Perry County Medical Center, where he later died as a result of his injuries.