Elected officials issue statements about Jonathon Hunter

Public officials reacted Thursday to the news that Columbus East graduate and Army Sgt. Jonathon Hunter of Columbus was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop: “Last week we had the Moving Wall here, a reminder of those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War and a reminder of the great number of people who have given their lives for their country. To be reminded once again so soon is startling. We will do whatever we can to help console his family and remember what he gave to his country.”

Indiana Gov. Eric. Holcomb: “Words will never convey the sorrow that Janet and I feel for the loss of Sgt. Jonathan Michael Hunter, an Army sergeant and Columbus, Indiana native killed in a NATO convoy attack in Afghanistan. We offer our prayers for his family and friends and ask all Hoosiers to honor his selfless service to our country.”

Sen. Joe Donnelly: “I am saddened to hear that Columbus native Jonathon Michael Hunter has been killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. His service and sacrifice in defense of our country will never be forgotten. My prayers and condolences go to his family, friends, fellow soldiers and the entire Columbus community.”

Sen. Todd Young: “On behalf of every Hoosier and all Americans, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter. We are immensely grateful for his service and ultimate sacrifice. By all accounts, Sgt. Hunter was a man of notable kindness to his friends and loved ones, great athletic talent, and he selflessly and honorably served his country. I am saddened by the news of his passing, but proud of the man that he was.”

Rep. Luke Messer: “Sgt. Jonathon Hunter is a true American hero, and our entire nation grieves this loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Sgt. Hunter’s family, friends and the entire Columbus community. Sgt. Hunter gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country. His bravery and legacy will live on.”