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Family, community grieving loss of soldier

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Pvt. Robert Jeffrey Snear Pvt. Robert Jeffrey Snear
MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

One word describing life for a grieving mother, Jean Snear: "Hell."

Jean Snear's son Robert was found dead Aug. 9 in an Army barrack. He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.

She said her family was in the middle of dinner when representatives from the military showed up at her Midland County home to deliver the life shattering news.

"I couldn't believe it at first. I just, it just took a long time to get a grip," Jean Snear said.

Robert Snear is a native of Coleman. His family said the 21-year-old loved serving his country and said he was all Army, all the time. 

He was an excellent football player in high school. He was even a cheerleader for a year on a dare. Robert Snear spent the last year and a half in the 720th military police battalion.

"He had a heart of gold. He was a good boy. I was proud of him every day. Every day," Jean Snear said.

People in the community said they're also affected by the loss of one of their own.

"We feel their sorrow. We feel their pain. And they're in our minds," Dan Cassidy said.

Cassidy is owner of Coleman Auto and Bike. His business posted a message of support for Snear's family.

Tributes could also be spotted at Dave’s Super Service and the VFW post.

Cassidy said it's important for this town to come together and wrap their arms around Snear's loved ones.

"When someone is feeling pain so are we," Cassidy said.

Jean Snear said the Army hasn't told her anything about how Robert Snear died and said the death is under investigation. It could be six months before they get answers.

For now, Jean Snear is only left with memories from a son who left all who loved him too soon.

"Nobody loves you like your mama. Every conversation we ended like that," Jean Snear said.

Robert Snear's funeral is Aug. 17 at the Greater Midland Coleman Family Center.

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