Mourners remember fallen soldier in Florida

Sgt. La David Johnson killed in Niger set to rest in Florida

Mourners remembered not only a US soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him.

Mourners exiting the 90-minute service told reporters that a portrait of Sgt. The four died October 4 in Niger when they were attacked by militants tied to the Islamic State.

A banner secured pine box holding Johnson's remaining parts was conveyed into South Florida's Christ The Rock Church for a private burial service Saturday morning.

Johnson deserts his better half Myeshia, who is expecting their third youngster in January. "Now, that's the worst part".

Mourners said the fight between Trump and Wilson was never mentioned during the service. La David Johnson, during his burial service at the Memorial Gardens East cemetery on Saturday in Hollywood, Fla. "I came here for the family".

"Reality just hit me, and it was like, he's really gone, and I'm not going to ever have my brother anymore", Johnson's sister, Terkiya McGriff, told CNN affiliate WSVN on Friday night.

"I can only imagine the pain his family is feeling right now", said Vietnam veteran L. C. Deal, who wore a black hat embossed with "Vietnam Veteran" and an olive green dress military jacket. She said she was glad mourners got to hear about her brother's love for bikes and cars, not just his military service.

It was a lesson he had learned early from his aunt, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, and uncle, Richard Johnson, who reared him after his mother died when he was 5, said Johnson's supervisor, Staff Sgt. Dennis Bohler.

La David and Myeshia were high school sweethearts. An online fundraiser has raised more than $600,000 to pay for the children's education. And, over and over again, they described Johnson as driven and a loving son and husband, dedicated to improving life for his family.

Sgt. Donald Young, one of Johnson's best friends, recalled their first meeting after they joined the military.

In 2013, a year before he enlisted, Johnson was featured in a local television newscast for his ability to do bicycle tricks, earning the nickname "Wheelie King".

"You go slow, though".

Wilson on Tuesday said Trump had been disrespectful during a phone call he made to Johnson's widow, telling her that her late husband "knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt". La David Johnson's widow, Myeshia Johnson, as they traveled together to meet Johnson's body in Miami.

Trump vehemently denied Wilson's account, stating without evidence that he had proof it was "totally fabricated".

Wilson responded to the president's accusation Wednesday on CNN by stating she did not know what "kind of proof" Trump was talking about and called him a "sick man."

The president's comment sparked immediate backlash from former officials in the Obama and George W. Bush administrations, but Trump doubled down during an interview with Fox News Tuesday, suggesting Obama did not call White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after his son, Robert, died in Afghanistan in 2010. The retired Marine general asserted that the congresswoman had delivered a 2015 speech at an Federal Bureau of Investigation field office dedication in which she "talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building", rather than keeping the focus on the fallen agents for which it was named.

"I didn't say what that congresswoman said", Trump told reporters earlier in the day.

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