Best Friend Remembers Amherst Soldier

April 4, 2012 Updated Apr 4, 2012 at 7:52 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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April 4, 2012 Updated Apr 4, 2012 at 7:52 PM EDT

Amherst, NY
(WKBW)

Staff Sergeant Wilson, 27, died on March 26, 2012 as he was approaching a checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan.

Wilson's family and close friends gathered at the Amigone Funeral Home in Amherst to say goodbye Wednesday.

The patriot riders held flags around the building in the young soldier's memory.

Wilson's family released a statement saying they are completely devastated their son was killed in the War on Terror and did not wish to talk to the media while grieving his loss.

However, they allowed one of Wilson's best friends to speak to Eyewitness News.

Sergeant Michael Morgan says Wilson made everyone laugh and made basic training easier to bear. The two soldiers developed a lasting friendship.

Morgan says Wilson's death was a total shock.

"When my oldest son was born I met him in Atlanta and I asked him to be the godfather of my son and he accepted and we were going to meet again this time when he came back but we missed each other by a matter of minutes and two weeks later he was gone," said Sgt. Morgan.

Wilson's wake is Wednesday and Thursday at the Amigone Funeral Home near the intersection of Sheridan and Hopkins in Amherst.

Calling hours are from 2pm until 4pm and 7pm until 9pm both days.

The funeral is Friday at The Chapel at Crosspoint in Getzville beginning at 10 am.