Columbus soldier killed in Afghanistan to be remembered at August 26 service

Jonathon Hunter played football at Columbus East High School.

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WTHR) - A Columbus soldier killed while serving in Afghanistan will be remembered during a service at his alma mater later this month.

U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathon Hunter, 23, will be honored Saturday, August 26 at the Columbus East High School gymnasium. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with a funeral service with full military honors to follow.

Hunter was one of two service members killed by a suicide bombing on a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan August 2.

Hunter's body will return to Columbus next Tuesday (August 22) and officials are urging people to line the streets for his procession, which will run four-and-a-half miles from the Columbus airport to the funeral home.

The procession will start at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Contributions in memory of Sgt. Jonathon Hunter can be made to the Bartholomew County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1088, Columbus, IN 47202 or the Brown County Humane Society, 128 South State Road 135, Nashville, IN 47448.