Guam- Island leaders are expressing their condolences to the family of the latest soldier from Guam that lost her life in the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
19 year old U.S. Army Private First Class Jaysine Petree was killed on September 24 when her unit ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The 2009 Simon Sanchez High School graduate, also known as “Jen-Jen”, is from the village of Yigo and was stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska before she was deployed to Afghanistan. She was only in the service for about 19 months.
Mayor Bob Lizama is a friend of the Petree family. He says he met with them earlier on Monday and talked about how the fallen soldier went to school with his daughter.
“What I learned from the visit this morning, she’s actually also a classmate of my daughter” said Lizama. “They’re both 19 years old. Two days out of high school graduation from Simon Sanchez High School…her graduation was June 15…she left 2 days after for basic training. She joined the U.S. Army and then she graduated, of course, successfully and then was deployed.”
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo also expressed her condolences on the passing of the PFC Petree. “She made the ultimate sacrifice in answering the call of duty, and I join our island in mourning the loss of PFC Petree” said Bordallo in an issued statement. I extend my most sincere sympathies and prayers to her family, friends, and loved ones.”
Petree is survived by her parents, Herbert and Jayne and her brothers Jose and and Jobert. Mass is being said nightly at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Yigo at 6:30 pm, followed by rosaries at 7:30 pm.
The body of Petree is tentatively scheduled to arrive sometime next week.