Loved ones mourn loss of Hawaii soldier

Loved one mourn loss of Hawaii soldier
Image Courtesy: Scobie Family (Sgt Scobie with son, Duke 'Alepo'i Panui Scobie)
Image Courtesy: Scobie Family (Sgt Scobie with son, Duke 'Alepo'i Panui Scobie)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The family of Hawaii National Guard soldier Drew Scobie is mourning his death. Among those offering condolences are the Governor and members of Congress.

The news of Drew Scobie's death in Afghanistan was sudden and shocking for those who knew him. Many are expressing themselves on social media.

The deployment was Sgt. Drew Scobie's first, one he volunteered for even though his own unit hadn't been called up. His main unit, the 487 Field Artillery, is the same one Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard previously deployed with. Today she tweeted from Missouri while at training with the National Guard.

"My heart goes out to the ohana of HI National Guard's SGT Scobie, a Kailua boy, who gave his life for our country in Afghanistan," wrote Rep. Gabbard, via Twitter.

Scobie was on a nighttime flight last Friday when the plane crashed killing all three on board. Officials say Afghanistan is a difficult place to fly even without enemy fire. The military isn't able to officially comment yet but soldiers are opening up on Facebook.

"It was an honor to have gone through (combat training) with you as we all became soldiers together. You will be deeply missed!" wrote Jordan Brown on Facebook.

Harold Osorio referred to the high school football days with Scobie as "a brotherhood that I've never had before, and haven't had since we all played together."

Sgt. Scobie was 25 years old. He was from Kailua and was a Kalaheo High graduate. He worked as a medical technician at Straub and had many friends like Kaipo Chong.

"You were always placing the needs of others before your own. Constantly striving to better your life, your family's and the people close to you. It is truly an honor and a privilege to have met such an incredible person with so much aloha to give," wrote Kaipo Chong, on Facebook.

Sgt. Scobie was a family man with a 4 year old son and his wife McKenna is expecting their second child due in June. It is clear he will be missed by many.

Sgt. Scobie is the first member of the Hawaii National Guard to be killed in action in Afghanistan. There were three other Guard members from Hawaii who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Governor Neil Abercrombie is expected to meet with the family and offer condolences soon.

Funeral arrangements are still pending. The family is accepting donations at any Bank of Hawaii branch.

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