MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - 21-year-old Memphian Christopher Fox died this week serving in Iraq.
Those who knew Army Private First Class Christopher Fox say he was a go getter who loved to sing and have fun. Now his friends are honoring his memory.
Cloise Townsend is saddened by the death of his former student, Army Private First Class Christopher T. Fox.
"It hit home and it hit hard," Townsend said.
Fox died Monday when he encountered small arms fire while on patrol. Fox was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division. The unit is based out of Fort Carson, Colorado.
Fox attended Benjamin Hooks Job Corp Center from 2004 to 2005. Townsend was Fox's Carpentry instructor. He said Fox was an exceptional student.
"He was a joyful person. He liked to keep you laughing. Other staff and students were crazy about the young man," Townsend said.
Fox had dropped out of school and came to the center at age 18 to receive his carpentry certificate and G.E.D before enlisting in the US Army.
"Ever since he was a little boy, he said he wanted to be a soldier. He wanted to go in the military. That was his dream in life," Townsend said.
Townsend said Fox had his whole life ahead of him, and while he will be missed, what Townsend said he is most proud of is Fox's accomplishments, sacrifices, and service to his country.
"It means a lot for a young man to go and give his life for his country and it's something he wanted to do...honestly, he died doing the job he wanted," Townsend said.