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After lowering the flag to half-staff, mourners, from left, Kristina Gieryic, Raymond Major and vehicle-repair shop owner Tom Gieryic take a last look in honor of their friend Riley Stephens, of the U.S. Army Special Forces, who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

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Lowering the flag, an Albany family mourns

The flag-flying Gieryic family loses a friend to the war in Afghanistan and lowers its flags to honor his memory Saturday.


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