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Southridge honors life of Pfc. Andrew Keller by retiring his No. 13 jersey


The Times photographer Jaime Valdez captured this collection of images at Southridge High School Friday as the school officially retired the jersey of Andrew Keller, a Southridge graduate from Tigard who died serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan last month.

Families, alumni and community members were invited to a pre-game dedication ceremony to pay tribute to the 22-year-old Tigard soldier, who was killed in action Aug. 15 while serving his country in Afghanistan before the Skyhawks took on the Lake Oswego Lakers.

Keller, a 2008 Southridge High School graduate, was a high school football star, serving as captain of the Skyhawks in 2007. He was named Most Valuable Player during his senior year.

Keller's No. 13 jersey was presented to his parents, Jeff and Kim.

Here's a collection of photos from the game.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Family members of U.S. Army Pfc. Andrew Keller, including his fiance Marissa Jones, mother Kim, brother Derek and father Jeff, release balloons into the sky as part of a colorful tribute to the 22-year-old Tigard soldier. Andrew Keller was killed in action Aug. 15 while serving in Afghanistan. The community gathered at Southridge High School's Friday night football game to pay tribute to the hometown hero.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Former Southridge High School football coach Brad Mastrud, right, presents the family of Pfc. Andrew Keller with a framed No. 13 football jersey. From left are his mother Kim, fiance Marissa Jones, father Jeff and younger brother Derek.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Andrew Kellers mother Kim kisses his fiance Marissa Jones prior to an emotional pre-game ceremony at Southridge High School.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jeff Keller thanks community members for their support after his son, U.S. Army Pfc. Andrew Keller, was killed in action Aug. 15 while serving in Afghanistan. Southridge High School retired Andrews football jersey No. 13 as a tribute to the 22-year-old Tigard soldier and former captain and Most Valuable Player of the Skyhawks football team.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The Jackson Armory Honor Guard led by Sgt. Brett Roesch fires a salute in honor of U.S. Army Pfc. Andrew Keller prior to the Friday night football game at his alma mater. Keller is a 2008 Southridge High School graduate.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Southridge Skyhawks sophomore cheerleader Meleah McGlinchy sells a balloon to freshman Mahaila Nieslanik. Proceeds from the balloon sales were donated to the Wounded Warrior Project in honor of Pfc. Andrew Keller. Friday night's balloon sales garnered more than $1,100 to help injured veterans.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Family members of U.S. Army Pfc. Andrew Keller, including his mother Kim, fiance Marissa Jones, father Jeff and brother Derek, pause for a moment after former Southridge High School football coach Brad Mastrud, right, presented them with a framed No. 13 football jersey.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Kim Keller kisses her 19-year-old son Derek after the No. 13 both he and his older brother Andrew wore was retired by Southridge High School on Friday night.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Lake Oswego senior quarterback Ramey Harrison, No. 1, hugs Kim Keller, the mother of Pfc. Andrew Keller who was killed in action Aug. 15 while serving in Afghanistan.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jeff Keller shakes hands with the captains of the Southridge Skyhawks and Lake Oswego Lakers football teams. Keller's eldest son Andrew served as captain of the Skyhawks during the 2007 football season. Andrew also was recognized by his teammates during his senior year as the Most Valuable Player.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jeff Keller waves to the crowd at Southridge High School as his family steps onto the field for a special pre-game ceremony honoring his eldest son Pfc. Andrew Keller.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The Southridge High School varsity football team honors the family of U.S. Army Pfc. Andrew Keller before their game Friday night against the Lake Oswego Lakers.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The Jackson Armory Honor Guard led by Sgt. Brett Roesch fires their rifles to honor the service of U.S. Army Pfc. Andrew Keller before the Skyhawks football team faced off against the Lake Oswego Lakers. Keller was a 2008 graduate of Southridge High School.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - U.S. Army Pfc. Andrew Keller's fiance Marissa Jones, mother Kim and uncle Jeff watch the balloons make their way in the sky. The crowd released the balloons to honor the 22-year-old Tigard soldier who was killed in action Aug. 15 while serving in Afghanistan.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Eric Fischer, Caden Johnsen, Nigel Wichep and Jacob Greenberg, who are all members of the Southridge Skyhawks freshman football team, wore T-shirts honoring U.S. Army Pfc. Andrew Keller, a 2008 Southridge graduate who was killed in action Aug. 15 while serving in Afghanistan.

For more on Andrew Keller, click here.



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