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Family remembers soldier


WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -- Justin's family gathers to talk about some of their favorite memories, new and old. For them, it's comforting.

"I lost a friend. He wasn't just a cousin," cousin Kyle Freeberg said. "I really looked up to him. If he did stuff, I wanted to do it that was definitely our relationship."

Kyle remembers as kids how anxious he was for his cousin to arrive at family get togethers, so the two could play and hangout.

For his Aunt, she remembers the time spent babysitting him.

"There was a time when he fell asleep, while he was eating in his high chair. We all start laughing at him. He said 'stop waughing at me," aunt Trudi Wilbur said.

"You just think it's never to happen to one of my relatives, but it happens," uncle Scott Freeberg said.

Like any family that grows older, they say they've grown apart.

But their memories of Justin new and old and the sacrifice he made for his country and family is how they remember him.

"We take our freedom for granted. I'm proud that he's my nephew, and I'm proud that he died doing what he wanted to do," uncle Doug Freeberg said.

"You're so proud. Absolutely proud of him. I mean it's an honor to call him my nephew," Wilbur said.

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