Friends, family gather to remember Harry Lew

SAN JOSE, Calif.

Lew was a son, a friend, and a brother to so many.

"I regard him as a blood brother and same for me; a lot of us consider Harry as one of our brothers," friend Andrew Nguyen said.

Hundreds remembered the Santa Clara High School graduate, who died while on watch duty in Afghanistan on April 3. Lew's death is still under investigation.

Lew enlisted a year after graduating from high school. He was deployed in December and was supposed to return from Afghanistan in July.

"It's my first time dealing with any death; it's really hard, I don't know how to handle it, because we feel like he'll still come home," friend Paula Garcia said.

Lew's friends and family see him everywhere and in everything from shirts that some wore to the service and even in a balloon launch in his honor. But the smiles quickly faded once the 21-year-old arrived at his final resting site in San Bruno. A long line of mourners, including Congressman Mike Honda and Lew's aunt Congresswoman Judy Chu, watched in silence because this meant good bye.

Lew was the first Santa Clara High School graduate to die in a military operation in the Middle East.

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