Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Raleigh Remembers Native Son killed in Afghanistan

A soldier and native son of Raleigh was remembered at a public memorial today.

Gurnal Scott: Family and friends of Specialist Darrion Hicks came together to honor him in what many say was the most appropriate of places. Raleigh Memorial Auditorium was dedicated almost 80 years ago to the memory of Wake County men and women "who served their country at home, in hospitals and in battle with courage, honor and faithfulness." Hicks, a graduate of Raleigh's Broughton High School in 2009, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.  He was a member of Broughton High's ROTC Drill Team. Wake County Schools superintendent Tony Tata was a deputy commanding general in Afghanistan less than a decade ago. He said Hicks was a young man loved by his fellow cadets at Broughton and looked upon as a role model. Hicks was laid to rest at Raleigh National Cemetery.