Our family is deeply saddened and distressed to learn of the death of our very much loved one. Jonathon not only was loved by his immediately family but by his extended family and community.

Our hearts are aching for Jonathon as well as for his brother in arms who died with him and those who were injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all during this hour of grief. Our heartfelt love goes out to his wife, Whitney Michelle Hunter, and his devoted mother, Kimberly Thompson.

Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter served with the Army in the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82 Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

Jonathon was intelligent and one of the sweetest, most generous, outgoing, God-loving people we know. We are so appreciative of the outpouring of community support; their stories and love helps us get through this tragedy.

Jonathon loved his unit and serving his country and was excited about the opportunity to go to Afghanistan to do his part in fighting injustice.

Jonathon, always interested in family history, was touched by how his great-great-great-great uncle, John Copeland, had made a difference in this country and he wanted to do the same.

Copeland fought courageously with John Brown at Harper’s Ferry to secure the freedom of slaves prior to the Civil War. His action was one that initiated the war just 18 months later.

Jonathon comes from an exceedingly long history of committed and loyal family members — men and women — who have fought in the military since the Revolutionary War.

I know Jonathon would want us to get rid of the hate and division in this world, and that’s why he did his part to make peace.

Despite our pain, we could not be prouder of him!

With Warmest Regards,

Mark C. Hunter & Family