Greensboro friend of slain Marine in Chattanooga speaks out

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Debbie Napper, of Greensboro, said that Staff Sergeant David Wyatt “was a Marine before he knew it.”

Napper dated Wyatt as a teen in her hometown of Morganton. The two even went to prom together.

“He always was just the type of guy that he did what needed to be done and when I heard that he had left college after Sept. 11 to join the Marine Corps all I could do was smile because that’s so him,” Napper said.

Napper explained the pain that she feels is deep not only because of their friendship as a young adults but the for the respect that she has for military service men and women.

“There is no reason, no excuse for any of these men to have gone overseas and survived and come home to their families to die on their home soil,” Napper said.

The night she found out about Wyatt’s death her family shared small thanks buying each of the servicemen a beer on them.

“We left a note with them saying sit down, have a dinner with the guys, say a prayer and remember the fallen. And we would like to say thank you to the Olive Garden in High Point. They left it there all night,” Napper said.

Napper would love to share old pictures and memories with Wyatt’s family but is having a hard time getting in touch with them.

Wyatt, 35, left behind a wife and two children.