Chicago soldier killed in Afghanistan

December 22, 2009 Sergeant Ware died a week before Christmas.

The day he died he had called his family on the Southside.

There was no way for his parents to know that it would be the last time they would speak to their son and hear his voice.

"He knew that he was loved. He knew that I was praying for him and he knew that people were caring for him," said Anna Ware, mother.

These were some of the final words shared between a mother and her son before he was killed in Afghanistan.

Ware said after her son told her he was going on a mission she encouraged him to read his Bible and pray.

The same advice she gave him is helping the family get through the loss of their son.

"He spoke to each one of us and we didn't know that was our bye. I was asking 'What are you doing?' He was 'Well, I'm going on a mission.' I was like 'Be careful, read your Bible and pray.' He always did that," said Anna Ware, mother.

The family is celebrating his life - one they say he didn't take for granted.

Sergeant Ware knew the horrors of war even as child growing up in Liberia.

He came to the United States at the age of 12 to escape the dangers of his home country.

Ware joined the National Guard at age 21 and became active duty three years later.

"He was my hero. He was a freedom fighter. I didn't agree with him going there but once there I fully supported him. I talked to him. He was a loved child," said Thomas Ware, father.

He cared deeply for his younger sister.

In fact, when he made his last phone call home it was to arrange a gift for her birthday last weekend.

"I know that my brother is in a safer place and he doesn't have to worry. He's better than we are here. He is safer than we will ever be here and I know that at Christmas-time my brother would like to see me happy. He doesn't like to see me cry. He doesn't want to see me sad," said Ciatta Ware, sister.

Sergeant Ware hoped to become a member of the U.S. Army Rangers. He was stationed in Fort Brag.

In a tribute to Sergeant Ware his name will be added to a war monument in the Pullman Community that honors fallen soldiers from the neighborhood.

"I want people to know - it's an honor being the mother of a soldier," said Anna Ware, Albert's mother.

Sergeant Ware was a 2002 graduate of Corliss High School. His family also says he loved soccer and was very athletic. He also enjoyed being a soldier.

Ware is now survived by his wife and three children as well as his parents and sister.

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