Best friend of fallen Arizona soldier speaks out - WNEM TV 5

Best friend of fallen Arizona soldier speaks out

Posted: Updated:
Kyle Visconti with best friend Jonam Russell Kyle Visconti with best friend Jonam Russell
MESA, AZ (CBS5) -

Friends and family are mourning the death of an Arizona soldier who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

Kyle Visconti says it's been tough since he found out his best friend, Army 1st Lt. Jonam Russell, was killed Tuesday.

Visconti says he became friends with Russell quickly while studying at Arizona State University. They were both in the Sun Devils Army ROTC program.

"He was fiercely loyal to his friends. Once you became in his circle of friends he would fight to the death for you," he said.

Visconti, who is also an Army lieutenant, said Russell was French-Canadian and had a big family.

"He had three little sisters and two little brothers," he said.

They moved to Arizona and Russell renounced his Canadian citizenship to join the U.S. Army, but Visconti said he spoke French frequently to impress others.

"French was his first language. He would kill the ladies with it. Anytime his grandma called he was always speaking French with her."

The Defense Department says Russell was killed when his unit was attacked by enemy forces with an improvised explosive device.

Visconti says he feels cheated that Russell is gone too soon.

"He should have been a groomsman at my wedding. We talked about going into business together, and future trips. None of that's ever going to happen."

There will be a memorial service held for Russell Friday at ASU's Tempe Campus in front of the Old Main building at 10 a.m.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5(KPHO Broadcasting). All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Suspect in fatal church shooting charged with murder

    Suspect in fatal church shooting charged with murder

    Monday, September 25 2017 12:12 AM EDT2017-09-25 04:12:45 GMT

    The suspect in the fatal shooting at an Antioch church will be charged with one count of murder in connection with the shooting on Sunday morning, police said.

    More >

    The suspect in the fatal shooting at an Antioch church will be charged with one count of murder in connection with the shooting on Sunday morning, police said.

    More >
  • Meijer bakery employee diagnosed with hepatitis A

    Meijer bakery employee diagnosed with hepatitis A

    Friday, September 22 2017 8:55 AM EDT2017-09-22 12:55:52 GMT
    (Source: Meijer)(Source: Meijer)

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed a bakery food worker at the Meijer store located at 1015 Pickard Street in Mt. Pleasant was diagnosed with the illness.

    More >

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed a bakery food worker at the Meijer store located at 1015 Pickard Street in Mt. Pleasant was diagnosed with the illness.

    More >
  • Taco Bell to open 300 new locations that will serve alcohol

    Taco Bell to open 300 new locations that will serve alcohol

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 5:29 AM EDT2017-09-20 09:29:05 GMT
    (Wikimedia Commons)(Wikimedia Commons)

    Taco Bell is about to put booze on the menu at more than 300 new locations.

    More >

    Taco Bell is about to put booze on the menu at more than 300 new locations.

    More >
Powered by Frankly
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.