Sgt. La David Johnson continues to be the subject of conversation on how Donald Trump treats Gold Star families. Questions are also being asked about his death in Niger when he was one of four soldiers ambushed.
As his family lays him to rest, here are some things you should know.
He was only 25 years old
Johnson was born in Miami Gardens, Florida and graduated from Miami Carol City Senior High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2014.
He was a decorated serviceman
Before his death, Johnson was the recipient of several military awards including the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Parachutist Badge, the Army Air Assault Badge, the Driver and Mechanic Badge, and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge – Sharpshooter with Rifle.
He was a husband and father
Johnson leaves behind his wife Myeshia and their 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. Myeshia is currently pregnant with the couple’s third child expected to be born in January.
He was a BMX bike enthusiast
Johnson loved riding BMX bikes, according to his Facebook page. Earlier this week fellow bike enthusiasts held a parade on his block in Miami Gardens in his honor that included dirt bikes, 4 wheelers, pocket bikes , BMX Bikes.
He loved working on cars
Prior to joining the Army, Johnson was an automotive engineer. He attended ATI Career Training Center where he studied Automotive Service Technician. Johnson brought his skill to the Army where was a 91B wheeled vehicle mechanic.