Family of Local Fallen Soldier Learns More About His Death

April 5, 2011 Updated Apr 5, 2011 at 7:13 PM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

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April 5, 2011 Updated Apr 5, 2011 at 7:13 PM EDT

AMHERST, NY (WKBW) -- 26 year old Army Sergeant Michael Lammerts died a hero during his third tour of duty overseas. His family was notified of his death late Monday night. "I was shaking, I was numb," Kendra Speck, Michael's mother, said. "I spent the evening thinking someone was going to tell me it was a mistake, or I would get a text message or phone call from Michael. The reality of it wasn't there."

His father says army officials visited him Tuesday afternoon to give more details about what happened to his son, saying Michael was reportedly killed during a gun fight with insurgents while protecting a company leader. Lammerts died right outside a hospital in Meymaneh City, Afghanistan. "I think it's about time that we bring our kids home and stop fighting over there," Robert Lammerts, Michael's Father, said.

His parents say Michael loved to play baseball, spend time with his wife and two children, and protect his country. "A sweet, lovable kid," Kendra said. "Hero, dedicated to the military."

Lammerts went to Tonawanda and Niagara Falls High Schools. Representatives at both schools say they send their condolences to his family.

Lammerts grew up in the City of Tonawanda. He leaves behind a wife and two young children, ages three and one and a half. They all had recently moved back to Amherst from Louisiana. Soon after Lammerts was deployed overseas just before his birthday in January.

His mother says they are planning to go to Dover Air Force Base to receive his body in the states and escort him back home to Amherst. Wake and funeral services are pending his arrival.