Staff Sgt. Alex A. Viola (credit: U.S. Army Special Forces Command)

Staff Sgt. Alex Viola (credit: U.S. Army Special Forces Command)

KELLER (CBSDFW.COM) – A soldier from Keller who was killed in action made his final journey home to North Texas on Tuesday morning. Staff Sgt. Alex Viola died while serving our country, and the Keller community has been paying their respects since last week.

As you enter the Glen Forest neighborhood, where Viola called home, there are somber signs of the local hero being honored. Flags and flowers say thank you to the young man who lost his life overseas.

Viola joined the Army National Guard in 2009 as an engineer, and he began training for the Special Forces less than a year later. Those who knew him said that he worked hard to earn the privilege of wearing the green beret.

But then, a little over a week ago, during his first deployment in Afghanistan, Viola was killed when an IED detonated nearby.

Viola’s casket, adorned with an American flag, arrived safely at DFW International Airport on Tuesday morning. From there, police and Patriot Guard Riders escorted him and his loved ones to the Bluebonnet Hills funeral home in Colleyville, Viola’s final resting place. He will be laid to rest on Saturday.

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