Family and Friends React to Death of Sgt. Schober, Grateful for Privacy

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Army officials notified the family on Thursday night of former Gardnerville resident Anthony Schober that he was among soldiers killed Saturday in an attack on his unit's outpost south of Baghdad in which three other soldiers are believed to have been captured.

Roberta Schober would like to thank the community for respecting her privacy and allowing her the time she needs to mourn the death of her son.

The Spriggs-Richardson Family, who is very close with the Schober Family has this statement: "We are unbelievably saddened by the loss of Anthony...we honer him for the person he was, and the American soldier he will always be."

Jessica Schober, who is one of two of Anthony's sisters, says she is deeply saddened at the loss of her brother and regrets that he never had the chance to meet his nephew, Konner.

The Schober and Spriggs-Richardson families would also like to express their deepest sympathies to the families of all fallen and missing soldiers.

"This is a tragedy. Sgt. Schober served our country with honor and the news of his death saddens us all in Nevada and across the nation," Sen. Harry Reid said in a statement. "My thoughts and prayers go out to Sgt. Schober's family and friends as they mourn this heartbreaking loss."

Three other members of Company D, 4th Battalion of the 31st Infantry Regiment, whom were nicknamed the "Polar Bears" by Schober's father, also died in the Saturday ambush and were identified immediately. Relatives say Schoeber was identified by DNA testing. He is survived by his mother Roberta and adoptive father Edward of Carson City and two sisters.

Schober, 23, was on his fourth tour in Iraq.

Three other members of the unit, part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division, were captured and reportedly are being held by al-Qaida terrorists.

Schober was leading a squad trying to prevent insurgents from laying roadside bombs at night when the ambush occurred along a palm-lined rural road near Youssifiyah, 12 miles south of Baghdad.

Schober's squad was attacked while at an observation post composed of two Humvees surrounded by concertina wire that had been breached. They were watching for insurgents placing roadside bombs
about 800 yards from their patrol base in a rural villa.