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COLUMBUS COUNTY (WWAY) — Army PFC Amy Sinkler was laid to rest Saturday afternoon in Columbus County. She died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

“You can’t remember Amy any other way but happy. A big smile on her face, talking fast. She’s just going to be missed,” said friend Laniqua Nene.

23-year old Army Private First Class Amy Renee Sinkler used to walk the halls of West Columbus High School. Saturday her funeral was held there.

Hundreds of family, friends and those who simply wanted to honor the fallen soldier came out to remember her.

“She died for our country. She died for a good cause. She is definitely going to be missed,” said Sinkler’s cousin Lashoney Frink.

“I wanted to support her because she was one of my fellow soldiers too,” said veteran Jerry Huggins.

The young soldier had only been in the Army a little more than a year. On January 20, Sinkler was killed when a rocket-propelled grenade hit her vehicle in Afghanistan.

Her sacrifice was certainly not forgotten. Support at the funeral was unbelievable. The high school auditorium was packed with people with many spilling out into the hallways as close family and friends shared memories of Sinkler.

The Whiteville Fire Department lined the perimeter with fire trucks, a group of Vietnam Veterans called the Patriot Riders came out, and a few folks from Wilmington came to show their support.

“Her death, believe it or not brought not only Chadbourn together as a whole, but it united the whole Columbus County,” said Frink.

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