Stewart Perry, father of Sgt. John Perry, who was killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan Saturday, says his Gold Star family was booed on the way to pick up his son’s remains, NY Daily News reports. Sgt. Perry may have saved over 100 lives by stopping the suicide bomber from reaching his target.
Perry and his family were given special permission to exit a flight before other passengers to make a connecting flight to pick up their son’s remains. Which is when Stewart says the were booed by first class passengers.
“To hear the reaction of the flight being delayed because of a Gold Star family, and the first class cabin booing that was really upsetting, and it made us cry some more,” he said.
Stewart said the people on the second flight were far more respectful. He referenced the disrespect other Gold Star families have been shown:
“One example would be Donald Trump speaking badly about a Gold Star family, who I now am, but it also bothers me that people don’t want to talk about the terrorism that killed my kid.”
A GoFundMe page for Sgt. Perry’s wife, Julianne Perry had raised more than $19,000 as of Friday evening.
Stewart Perry said he wants Sgt. Perry, “to be remembered for the funny guy that he was.”