Tribute held for family of sergeant killed in armory shooting

Tribute held for family of sergeant killed in armory shooting (Image 1)
Tribute held for family of sergeant killed in armory shooting (Image 1)

An emotional tribute was held Saturday to honor the wife and family of a national guardsman killed in the line of duty last month.

The Perry County Sheriff’s Office and the Fraternal Order of police honored the family of Sergeant 1st Class Michael Braden.

The 45-year-old was shot and killed while working at the Army National Guard armory in Lobelville on July 9.

Christopher Farrer, 15, was charged with one count of criminal homicide and is being held at the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center without bond.

Authorities said Farrar somehow gained entry to the armory and fired several shots, one of which struck SFC Braden.

SFC Braden, from Ripley, Tenn., was a Readiness Non-commissioned Officer (NCO) who coordinated day-to-day activities and schedules at the armory.

He joined the Army National Guard in 1987 and was deployed twice to Kuwait with a transportation company out of Brownsville.

A graduate of Ripley High School, SFC Braden is survived by his wife Jennifer and their three children.

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