Guam – Friday Hundreds of people gathered inside the Simon Sanchez High School Library to pay tribute to Jaysine Petree, Guam’s fallen hero.
Jaysine Petree made the ultimate sacrifice in answering the call of duty. Friday morning, the Simon Sanchez High School community held a memorial service for Petree, who was a 2009 graduate from Sanchez. She was 19 years old when she was killed in Afghanistan last Friday by an improvised explosive device (IED).
Inside the crowded Sanchez library, it was standing room only, as close to two hundred of her classmate, former teachers, friends amd family members paid tribute and share memories of Jaysine. They described her as being fearless, a comedian, an artist, a good student, and an athlete.
Sanchez H.S. English teacher Gretchen Andres had Jaysine in her class for three years
Andres says Jaysine wanted to try different things and take on any challenge whether it was big or small. She accepted that she may not be the best in all of them, but in trying, she proved that she was capable.
Andres says she taught Jaysine manner lesson in school, like how to write essays or research papers. But according to Andres, “Today Jaysine is teaching me that life is too short. Don’t let fear get in the way of your desires and dreams. Go and take on any challenge. It doesn’t matter if you suceed or not just be proud of yourself.”
According to a source, Jaysine Petree will be returning to Guam on Monday.