Saturday, March 17, 2007

Michael Peek has services ahead of burial at Arlington

Family and friends gathered for a memorial service today at Colonial Funeral Home in Smithfield.

The memorial was in honor of Sergeant Michael Peek. Peek was killed in Iraq on March 3rd when a roadside bomb exploded next to his vehicle.

Peek lived in Chesapeake and graduated from Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk in 2001.

"Even though I haven't seen him for the last nine months we were still...he always called us the best team," said Peek's fiance Mel.

Now, half of Mel's team is gone. Mel and Michael were supposed to get married next Monday.

"It's just so hard to be here right now, and accept that he's gone," Mel said.

Family and friends paid tribute to Peek Saturday.

"He just gave himself all to whatever he did," said John Hudak, Peek's uncle.

Peeks was excited by school and swimming.

"He was always the first one out of the locker room. He was ready to practice. 'Coach, coach, coach!' I said, 'Mike, calm down buddy,'" former swim coach Scott Evans said.

Peek fought for his country.

"He wanted to make sure we would all never lose our freedom. That was very important to him," said Hudak.

He loved the people that meant most to him.

"I want to thank you baby, for showing me what true love is and means," said Mel.

Peek's enthusiasm spilled into every area of his life. His love filled the hearts of everyone who knew him, even if it was only for a short while.

Separated when they were just 2-years-old, Michael and his brother Justin were reunited last year.

"There wasn't anything said; it was too great to fill in words for what could have been said. It was surreal," said Justin.

That was the last time they saw each other.

Peeks will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday.

From WAVY 10

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