Mitchell McGinnis, left, holds the framed jersey of his best friend, Lucas Frantz, who played football for Tonganoxie High School. McGinnis, along with other members of Frantz's high school team, honored Frantz, who was killed Oct. 18 while serving in Iraq, by retiring his jersey before Friday's game against De Soto. Frantz's wife, Kelly Frantz, second from right, wore Frantz's number.
Susan Gardner, left, holds an American flag high to show her support at the Tonganoxie football game for the family of Lucas Frantz, who was killed in Iraq, while members of Fred Phelps' church in Topeka protest in the background. Gardner has a son who is currently in the military in Germany after serving a year in Iraq.
Roger Shilling, owner of Shilling Electric Co. in Tonganoxie, is privy to the talk around town as his store serves as a gathering place for town members. He said anytime a small community like Tonganoxie experiences a death it makes an impact on the town.
Phil Jeannin, Lucas Frantz's father-in-law, surveys the scene of the protest before the Tonganoxie football game Friday. Members of Fred Phelps' church protested against the ceremony for Lucas. Members of the community were also there with signs in support of Lucas Frantz and the American troops overseas.
Kelly Frantz, 23, right, starts to cry as she shares a story Friday about her husband, Lucas, who was killed by sniper fire in Iraq. She said it was important to her to talk about her husband's contributions and remember all of his military brothers and peers who are still serving overseas. Kelly Frantz's twin sister, Kim Qualls, was by her side for support.
Kelly Frantz is Lucas Frantz's wife. Lucas was killed Oct. 18 while serving in Iraq.
Kelly Frantz, right, remembers her husband, Lucas, who was killed by sniper fire in Iraq. Kelly Frantz's twin sister, Kim Qualls, was by her side for support.