TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A soldier wounded in Afghanistan nearly a year ago passed away from his injuries Wednesday.
Family announced the death of Sgt. Jamie Jarboe on the "Prayers for Sgt. Jamie Jarboe" page they'd set up on Facebook to chronicle his progress following his injury.
In a posting Wednesday afternoon, they wrote, "Rest in peace soldier, you are loved and lifted in prayer by an entire nation and world supporting you!"
Wednesday night, they added, "Jamie fought a battle that no one can imagine, and we could not have asked for more from this Young HERO. After fighting so hard he finally lost his battle - Rest easy young man, thank you so much for what you have done."
Jarboe was shot by a sniper in Afghanistan last April, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. His story inspired thousands of people as his wife, Melissa, shared his recovery efforts on Facbook.
February 17th, the Patriot Guard, ABATE and American Legion Riders gave Jarboe a hero's welcome as his wife and two daughters brought him home to Topeka to continue his recovery efforts.
Jarboe was a native of Indiana. He was stationed at Fort Riley.
In a message Wednesday night, Melissa Jarboe said, "We are welcoming the public with open arms to share in the honor of my husband."
A funeral service will be held 10 am Saturday, March 31st at Topeka's Capitol Plaza. Visitation is the night before at Penwell-Gabel's Southwest Chapel, SW 37th and Wanamaker. An exact time is being determined.
The Sgt. Jamie Jarboe Memorial Fund is set up at Quest Credit Union, 610 SW 10th St. in Topeka.
A service also is being planned in Jarboe's home state of Indiana.