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Memorial held for pilot killed in Kenya

TUCSON - A memorial was held on Saturday for Dustin Harrison, the pilot who was recently killed in Kenya.

Dustin was a pilot for a defense contractor and was one of three americans killed in the attack.

He leaves behind his wife Hope and his 2-year-old daughter Heaven.

Dustin was nine days away from coming home before he was killed, his sudden death leaves family members wishing they had more time.

"I could've made more of an effort you know hey lets do something but we were always like we're young we still got time, but we don't," said Troy Harrison, Dustin's brother.

His brother says this was probably going to be his last tour because he wanted to be home with his wife and daughter.

After his death those that flew with him have reached out to tell the family how Dustin was in the air.

"Your brother was the best pilot, he took our minds off of what was going on at times with a dangerous mission and he was one of the best ones to ever fly with," said Troy.

It's a devastating loss for the family and while they grieve for Dustin they're also remembering the good that came from his life.

"He lived a full life, he was happy, he lived a full life. Our daughter, when he married me and we had our daughter she completed that and he went to heaven doing what he loved," said Hope Harrison, Dustin's wife.

Dustin would have turned 48 later this month.

Mark Mingura

Mark Mingura joined KVOA as a Multi Media Journalist in October 2019. Originally from the valley and with ties to Tucson, Mark is excited to get back to his home state and tell the stories of the Old Pueblo.

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