Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, issued a statement Wednesday about the killing of SSgt Rex Schad, an Edmond native shot in Afghanistan on Monday during a firefight started by a man dressed as a member of the Afghan police force. Schad graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 2005.
“I am grieved by the loss of another Oklahoma son in Afghanistan,” said Lankford.
“Our hearts are broken to learn that SSgt. Rex Schad was taken from his family at such a young age while bravely serving his country in a hostile environment. Our Oklahoma military community honors and mourns a brother who has given his last full measure of devotion in defense of freedom. My thoughts and prayers extend to the Schad Family for their loss and to all our military families whose brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, fathers and mothers have been taken too soon.
“I join his friends and family in grief for this terrible loss. I pray that God will fulfill His promise from Psalm 34, ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.’ May his family find comfort in their time of deep need and wisdom to know how to navigate this trying time.”