BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — A Beaverton school is coming together to help raise money to create a plaza in honor of a fallen solider.
Andrew Keller who attended Southridge High School was killed in Afghanistan in 2012.
Keller’s father, Jeff Keller, said his son was passionate about serving his school on the football field, serving his family at home and serving his country until his death.
“He joined the army with honor and integrity, and when he died, he died doing something he believed in. He didn’t want to die; he had too much to live for,” said Jeff Keller.
Andrew Keller’s friends and former teachers couldn’t agree more and said he was an inspiration even before becoming a soldier.
Southridge High School Football Coach Brad Mastry said Andrew Keller was good at football, but he was great at life.
For that reason, many people in his community were gathered at the high school on Thursday, announcing the building of a memorial plaza for Andrew Keller and others who have served.
Andrew Keller’s legacy will continue to live on in another way as well. His brother just enlisted to serve in the military.