TOPEKA — A Fort Riley soldier who endured more than 100 surgeries after a sniper’s bullet in Afghanistan left him mostly paralyzed has died in Topeka, less than five weeks after a crowd of airport well-wishers saluted his return to the city and his wife and family.
Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Topeka confirmed that 27-year-old Sgt. Jamie Jarboe died Wednesday of his injuries.
The death was announced on Facebook shortly after his wife, Melissa, wrote that he had been placed in a hospice setting a week ago. Thousands of people have followed the Facebook chronicle of the family’s travails and hopes over the past 11 months, and hundreds left messages there Wednesday afternoon.