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Eloy community holds vigil to honor parachute jumper

An outpouring of love and appreciation for an elite member of the U.S. Army, killed near Eloy during a free-fall training exercise.

The people of Arizona City and Eloy may not have known Nathan Goodman but on Wednesday many of them visited the place where the parachute jumper's body was recovered, to honor his service and mourn his loss.

Kenda Bailey said after learning of Goodman's death in the Arizona City neighborhood she felt compelled to act.

"I didn't even know anything about him", said Bailey, "And something was pulling at my heart strings that hey you got to do something."

Bailey decided to organize a candle light vigil to honor Master Sgt. Goodman, near where searchers found his body.

"I am just flabbergasted by how many people came out and supported."

About fifty people turned out to pray and honor the Army specialist.

Fred Fishman lives across the street from where Goodman landed and said he was shocked when he learned what happened.

"I went flush, I have children, it's like, oh my god, just horrible", said Fishman

Goodman was 36 years old, a distinguished special forces officer who fought multiple tours in the middle east, Africa and Central Asia. He died during routine training. The army said it is still investigating how he died.

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Sean Mooney

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