Funeral held for Indianapolis soldier killed in Afghanistan

Sgt. Tristan Wade

Friends and family are saying good-bye to a Southport soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

The calling for Sgt. Tristan Mykal Wade was held Friday at Southport High School, and his funeral was held Saturday.

Gov. Pence ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at government facilities in Marion County Saturday in honor of Sgt. Wade.

Sgt. Wade died on March 22 in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says Sgt. Tristan Wade died when enemy forces attacked his unit with a homemade bomb.

He joined the Army while he was still in high school and served in the Iraq War in addition to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He graduated from Southport High School in 2009.

Sgt. Wade leaves a wife (Alisah Morales of Las Cruces, New Mexico), a daughter, Skylynn Marie Wade, his parents Tisa and Daniel Wade Jr. who live in Indianapolis, and two brothers, along with many other family members.

Preceding him in death is his brother Adrian David Wade.

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Wade was 23 years old.

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Indiana soldier Sgt. Tristan M. Wade. Sgt. Wade, of Indianapolis, is a Hoosier hero who selflessly put on the uniform to defend freedom both here at home and abroad in Afghanistan. The First Lady and I send our sympathies to the family and friends of this fallen Hoosier, and we continue to pray for the safe return of the brave men and women in our armed forces," said Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) in a statement released last week.