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Memorial dedicated to Tucson baseball star killed in Afghanistan

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Perched high atop the fields he once played on, is a memorial Christopher Moon's mother hopes will leave a lasting legacy.

"People are gonna be talking about him and they are gonna be reading about his story," said Marsha Moon.

Christopher Moon's story is an exceptional one. A star baseball player at Tucson High Magnet School, Moon was drafted by the Atlanta Braves and received a scholarship to play at the University of Arizona.

Halfway through his freshman year though Moon gave up his baseball career and joined the army.

Serving as a sniper and paratrooper.

In 2010 Moon was killed by an I.E.D. while serving in Afghanistan.

Friends who fought back tears while watching the dedication of his memorial say he was a good solider and a better friend.

"The freedoms of this country to play the game of baseball is just one of the little things that he ensures that we have," said Moon's former coach Oscar Romero.

For Romero, Moon's memorial is more than just statue, it's a chance to say goodbye.

"We were supposed to have lunch when he got back. Now it's like he's right there and the greatest thing for me is that I walk up those steps from here on out and he will never be forgotten. He will be with me at all times," said Romero.

The memorial depicts Moon ins his #11 Badgers jersey.

Moon's statue is located at Cherry Field.

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