Kentucky soldier killed in Iraq

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Family members were told Thursday morning that Christopher Wright, a 2005 graduate of Lewis County High School, had died in Iraq.

"When the military guys came in, they didn't have to say anything;" explained James King, who works at Tollesboro Supply Company, a store owned by Wright's father, Joe Cochran.

King says he's worked for Cochran for years and watched Wright turn into a man everyone loved and adored.

"People have been coming to the store all day, just to say they're sorry for the loss."

Flags all over the small community of Tollesboro are flying at half-staff in Wright's honor. But those who knew him say he always wanted to be in the military and was a hero to his younger step-brothers.

"Oh, he was their idol!" King Said.

King says this was his second tour of duty and he was anxious to come home.

"When you see Joe and them, it'll look like something is missing," he explained.

According to reports, Wright died on an operating table after getting hit with a piece of shrapnel in the chest.


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  • by Neighbor and friend Location: Tollesboro, Ky on Aug 22, 2010 at 08:51 PM
    I have known Chris and his family for many years. He was always great and his brothers are best friends with mine. We are trying to help all we can. RIP Chris for you did all you could. We will miss you, your smile and all the stories you told.
  • by US Army Soldier's Sister on Aug 21, 2010 at 10:26 PM
    So sorry to this family for their unexplainable loss. I have family over there too & it is not easy. Thanks to the family for supporting this boy as he served our country and stood for what is right...I pray that God comforts you all today, tonight, and forever more. Again, so sorry for your loss.
  • by Kathy Location: Indiana on Aug 21, 2010 at 06:59 PM
    May God give comfort to the family & friends of this special HERO. Thank you for your service to our nation and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Forever grateful...
  • by Gary Carroll Location: Lexington Ky on Aug 21, 2010 at 02:14 PM
    First just thank the family for their son's service to our country.As a former resident of Lewis County and former Army member I know what they must being going thru as I served in Desert Storm with a wife and 2 kids, I know the people of Lewis County will rallying around the family and give them all the support they need as they did me and my family when I was in Iraq,again thank you for letting your son serve for all of us and helping give us the freedom we have.
  • by Peggy Location: Jeffersonville,Ky on Aug 21, 2010 at 08:56 AM
    Thank you to the family and this young man for his service and for giving his life. I know you will miss him. My family and I appreciate his service.
  • by Paul Location: Richmond on Aug 21, 2010 at 04:51 AM
    Prayers and condolances to Mr. Cochran and famiy from VFW Post 7098 Richmond Ky.
  • by a Location: lexington on Aug 21, 2010 at 04:50 AM
    God bless this yourn man and his family - GOD BLESS AMERICA
  • by trish Location: corbin on Aug 21, 2010 at 04:33 AM
    I salute you Mr. Wright. May God bless this family in this time of sorrow . "Rest In Peace" I am so sorry for your loss.
  • by greg dennis Location: jeffersonville ind on Aug 20, 2010 at 07:33 PM
    chris we all love you and will miss you gravely r.i.p buddy love you chris

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