Friends: Local U.S. soldier killed overseas was 'life of the party'

Friends are remembering a local soldier, Jimmy Moriarty, who was shot and killed while overseas in Jordan last week.

Sunday, close friends of fallen soldier and Houstonian Jimmy Moriarty gathered at the Moriarty home.

Steven Geuther was a fraternity brother and best friend of Moriarty.

“I would give anything to hear him just tell a story one more time,” said Geuther.

Geuther said Moriarty was the life of the party, funny, witty and selfless. So much so, his goal was to serve his country.

“He absolutely loved it. It’s what he was born to do and he had no plans of quitting anytime soon,” said Geuther.

Moriarty joined the Army’s special forces. This was his third tour in Jordan to help train the Jordanian military to fight terrorism, according to the family’s spokesperson Wayne Dolcefino.

“It was his dream. He was the definition of a patriot and an American hero,” said friend A.J. Daggett.

Friday night, Jimmy was one of three American servicemen shot and killed during a training mission. There’s confusion about what exactly happened. It is reported that the Jordanian military claimed it was an accident.

“The family and us are looking for answers. I think we want some closure there to figure out what happened,” said Geuther.

One thing the group of Jimmy’s close friends knows for sure: he died doing what he loved, helping others.

“He’s the type of guy that would stop and help the stranger on the side of the road if they were stranded,” said Zachary Taylor, Jimmy’s friend.

“He was an incredibly strong person. And he’d do anything for his friends,” said Eugene Terry, Jimmy’s high school friend.

Moriarty's impact on people was evident by the number of friends that filled his parent’s home to share a story or two, keeping his memory alive.

“Thank you for keeping all of us safe. We love you. We will see you again one day,” said Brandon Bohls, Jimmy’s friend.

Moriarty’s body is expected back in the States early this week. The family is planning services for this week, as well.


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