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St. Petersburg High to retire fallen soldier's basketball jersey next week

ST. PETERSBURG — The high school basketball jersey of a local soldier killed in Afghanistan this fall will be retired next week.

Army Spc. Brittany Gordon, killed in October by a suicide bomber, was captain of the women's basketball team at St. Petersburg High School, where she graduated in 2006.

The school plans to retire the 24-year-old's No. 33 jersey during a game on Monday, coach Stephanie Swenson said.

Gordon, an intelligence officer, was on her first deployment when she was killed. She grew up in St. Petersburg and joined the military in 2010 after attending college for a few years. She is the daughter of Brenda Thompson Gordon and Cedric Gordon, an assistant police chief for the St. Petersburg Police Department.

She also was the first female soldier from the Tampa Bay area to die in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

St. Petersburg High to retire fallen soldier's basketball jersey next week 11/26/12 [Last modified: Monday, November 26, 2012 6:11pm]
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