ST. PETERSBURG — A memorial service is planned this week for Army Spc. Brittany B. Gordon, who died from injuries caused by a suicide bomber in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Oct. 13.
Gordon is the first female soldier from the Tampa Bay area killed in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
She is the daughter of St. Petersburg Assistant Police Chief Cedric Gordon and his former wife, Brenda Gordon.
The 24-year-old grew up in St. Petersburg and attended the Canterbury School of Florida, Admiral Farragut Academy, John Hopkins Middle School and St. Petersburg High School, where she graduated in 2006. She attended the University of Florida and St. Petersburg College before joining the Army in 2010.
The memorial is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at the chapel at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg.