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Vigil held at Winter Garden in honor of local soldier killed during training exercise

ByJanice K. Merrill

Aug 17, 2022

ORANGE COUNTY, Florida. — Several hundred people gathered at the Foundation Academy soccer field in Winter Garden on Tuesday night to honor the life of 23-year-old Evan Fitzgibbon, who died in Georgia last week during a training exercise.

Fitzgibbon’s parents thanked the crowd for supporting them during this time.

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“I’m not very good at this, but we asked if we could just thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts,” Cindy Fitzgibbon said.

“I would say one of the hardest things in life is to outdo your kids. I am so blessed,” said John Fitzgibbon.

Fitzgibbon was killed on August 9.

A Civil Liaison on behalf of the Secretary of the US Army was in attendance and reiterated how the 23-year-old soldier’s family will continue to be supported by his military family.

Family friends in attendance said Fitzgibbon’s parents have always been proud of their son.

“There has never been a mother so proud of her child,” said family friend Tammy McLean.

“They are an amazing family. She always said it takes a village to raise a family, and the family is very strong in their faith,” said Nadine Cannon, a friend of the family.

The town of Windermere also said it would escort Fitzgibbon’s coffin to his funeral.

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