Flags flew at half-staff around the state to honor a Navy Seal from Arizona who was killed in Iraq. Petty Officer First Class Charles Keating the IV died in the line of duty on Tuesday.
Family and friends remember the hero, his mother saying her son died doing what he loved and that Charlie had wanted to be a Seal since he was a little boy.
Keating grew up in an east Phoenix neighborhood and was a 2004 graduate of Arcadia High School. He was killed during a rescue mission fighting ISIS forces on Tuesday. His family and friends are of course devastated to lose who the family called 'Little Charlie.'
"Very outgoing, happy all the time, always willing to help somebody. If somebody needed help he was there," said Keith Skousen.
The loss of Keating is ripping throughout the Seal community. Debbie Lee's son Mark was a Seal and was killed in Iraq in 2006. She has met Charlie and says the Seal community is helping Charlie's family get through this like they helped hers.
"We need to remember each and every day that life is precious, and the freedoms that we have in America are paid for by our men and women who serve and sacrifice just like Charlie, just like Mark, just like each and every one up to the price of their life," said Debbie Lee.
Skouson saw Charlie in Coronado a few months ago; he says it was the night before he deployed where his family held a big affair in Coronado.
"I was glad I was there for him, I was just praying for him that he was going to make it back," said Skousen.
Keating's mother issued a statement today saying in part, "He was our golden boy with a million dollar smile and a heart of gold." She added "Charlie wanted to serve his country and make a difference. Charlie died doing what he loved, and will be missed every day."
The Department of Defense released details into the mission. Keating was part of a quick reaction force that moved in to help American military advisors who came under attack by ISIS forces near the town of Tel Skuf near Mosul. 58 ISIS terrorists were killed in the attack.
Keating is the third American serviceman to die in combat in Iraq since the U.S. launched an anti-ISIS campaign in the summer of 2014.