AUSTIN – An Austin family is mourning the loss of a son, husband, father and brother who was killed in Afghanistan this weekend.
The U.S. Department of Defense says in a news release that Staff Sgt. Job Reigoux, 30, was killed this weekend when insurgents used a rocket-propelled grenade on in his unit.
Reigoux was a graduate of now-closed Echelon Charter School in Austin. He joined the Army at age 19 right after his high school graduation.
“We're trying to cope you know. We're trying to be strong because that's what he would want," said Reigoux’s sister Carmen who lives in South Austin.
“I've been talking to a lot of his comrades, and they're like, 'He was the best man you could ever know. He was the bravest, the strongest out on the field.' They idolized him, you know looked up to him. They had so much, I mean so much respect for him. Some of them even said they were honored to have fought by his side and some of them wished they had fought by his side. That's how great of a man my brother is," added Carmen.
An infantryman, Reigoux joined the Army in Jan. 2002. This was his third deployment. He was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant and awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals.
Reigoux leaves behind a family of his own, a wife and two children ages nine and four, all of whom live in New York.
The family says Reigoux will be buried in Austin; funeral arrangements are still pending.