West Memphis Mayor honors local sergeant killed in Afghanistan bombing

West Memphis, Ark. — A mother whose son was one of the 13 American service members killed in Afghanistan last week got a huge surprise from the City of West Memphis.

West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon declared August 26th as Darin Hoover Day.

More than 100 people came to West Memphis City Hall to pay their respects to Kelly Barnett’s son Thursday. Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover was a West Memphis native.

His family said he loved his country.

“The outpour of love and support that we have gotten from Arkansas, especially West Memphis, from Utah to Missouri, from governors to people all over the country, it’s been extraordinary,” said Kelly Barnett.

Honoring the family with a proclamation wasn’t the only surprise. Mayor McClendon said a sign will be placed on Missouri Street for the next 100 years in memory of Hoover.