SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO
Pregnant wife of slain soldier at center of condolence call row kisses his coffin during emotional funeral attended by ‘wacky’ congresswoman feuding with Trump (who hits the golf course)
Johnson’s funeral was held at Christ the Rock Community Church in Cooper City, Florida, on Saturday
Flags flew across the state at half-staff as his remains were taken to Memorial Gardens East cemetery
Johnson was one of four troops killed October 4 in an ambush in Niger in an attack by militants linked to ISIS
He leaves behind pregnant widow Myeshia, six-year-old daughter Ah’leesya and two-year-old son La David Jr
President Trump allegedly told Myeshia in a condolence phone call that Johnson ‘knew what he signed up for’
His comment was condemned by Rep Frederica Wilson, who was with Johnson’s family when the call occurred
Wilson and Trump have been engaged in a fight all week that continued into Saturday
Mourners filled a church in Florida on Saturday to honor a US soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman.
Sgt La David T Johnson’s pregnant widow, Myeshia, held the arm of an Army officer as she led her family, dressed in white, into Christ the Rock Community Church in Cooper City. The family asked that reporters remain outside.
The modern hymn ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz could be heard coming from inside.
Flags across Florida flew at half-staff as Johnson’s remains were afterwards transported to be buried at Memorial Gardens East cemetery in Hollywood, Florida.
Several service members were in attendance, in salute, as was Rep Frederica Wilson (D – Miami) who has been embroiled in a row with Trump over a seemingly insensitive phone call the president had with Johnson’s family.
Myeshia carried a folded American flag in her arms and kissed the top of her husband’s coffin before she laid it down. A family member helped the couple’s two-year-old son, La David Jr, do the same.
An estimated 1,000 people attended the service, according to Cooper City spokeswoman Michelle Alvarez, with ‘a few hundred’ having to stand.
Johnson, 25, was one of four US troops killed on October 4 in an ambush in Niger in an attack by militants linked to the Islamic State group. Four soldiers from Niger also died.
The other three soliders who were killed are Staff Sgt Bryan Black, Staff Sgt Dustin Wright and Staff Sgt Jeremiah Johnson, who some mourners say also had photographs on display during the church service.
Members of the community showed up outside the church to show support for the Johnson family.
Debbie Valin and her teenage daughter, Michelle Shawn, held a US flag outside the church for more than an hour before the service.
‘We are here for the military. We are grateful for the people who serve,’ said Valin, whose grandson just completed Marine boot camp.
SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO
Aside from his widow and young son, Johnson also leaves behind six-year-old daughter Ah’leesya.
An online fundraiser has raised more than $600,000 to pay for the children’s education.
According to Local 10 News, Johnson graduated from high school in 2010 and worked at a Walmart in Pembroke Pines for several years until he joined the military in 2014.
He became known as ‘Wheelie King’ because he commuted to work on a bicycle with no front wheel, according to his obituary.
Friends say he didn’t smoke nor drink and he never experimented with drugs.
He met his wife, Myeshia Manuel, when he was six years old and the two eventually wed in August 2014. She is set to deliver their third child in January, a girl who will be named La’Shee.