FORT WRIGHT, Ky. -- The support of a community has helped the family of a fallen soldier in Northern Kentucky cope with the loss of a son.
Just weeks ago, Sgt. Daniel Lee's family was told that their son was shot to death in Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked his unit. The family was notified at 5 a.m., Wednesday, January 15.
It's been the support from friends, neighbors and even strangers that has most helped the family get though the difficult loss. They said their neighbors have gone above the call of duty to provide support.
"After all, I lost my baby," Frances Lee said. "Even though he was 28, he'll always be my baby. Every mother feels that way. I'm proud that he was an American soldier. I'm proud that he worked so hard to get his green beret, that he was happy, he was doing what he wanted to do, and he gave the ultimate sacrifice."
Dan Lee, Danny's father, said the entire community has helped lift the family up.
"The neighbors have been unbelievable, the outpouring from the community just takes your breath away," he said.
When Dan and Frances returned home from Danny's funeral, they were surprised by a street lined with lumineers and a flag flown at half-staff, donated by neighbors.
"There is a certain comfort in watching that flag, it's beautiful," Dan said. "It's beautiful at night with the snow falling on it."
Sister of the soldier, Jamie Hahn remembers his jokes and his smile the most.
"You can't go a day without laughing and thinking how funny he was and how he just lit up the room. He was really the soul of our family," Jamie said.
Daniel met his wife in the Army, and leaves behind a 7-month-old son. His family said he died doing what he loved, defending his country.
WCPO reporter Bryce Anslinger contributed to this report, and spoke with Lee's family.