Community Remembers Man Brutally Killed in Iraq

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It was three weeks ago that the community of Hillsdale learned one of its own had been kidnapped and brutally beheaded by Iraqi militants. Tuesday, family and friends gathered to remember 51-year-old Eugene "Jack" Armstrong.

A couple of hundred people were at Hillsdale College to celebrate Armstrong's life. City Manager Tom Vagle says his death has been a tragic world event and the city wanted a way for everyone to be able to come together. Family and friends shared stories about the man who loved the outdoors and loved to travel.

Armstrong was on his second tour in Iraq, working construction, when he was kidnapped. He was one of three to be taken hostage, the first to be killed. Condolences and memorials are still being accepted for the Armstrong family.

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