Funeral of Saudi Bombing Victim in S.C.
Jun. 01, 2003
AWENDAW, S.C. (AP) _ About 300 friends and family members packed a funeral service for an American victim of the May 12 suicide bombing attacks in Saudi Arabia.
The body of Quincy Lee Knox, 43, a retired Army sergeant first class and employee of Vinnell Corp., was returned to his native South Carolina, where he grew up and graduated from high school in 1977.
``Anyone who has family in the numbers gathered here today is certainly a very rich man,'' Vinnell executive John Naylor told those attended a two-hour church service Saturday.
Knox, one of nine Americans killed in the suicide bombings in Riyadh, had worked for Fairfax, Va.-based Vinnell, which employed retired U.S. military personnel to train the Saudi National Guard.
Some 35 people are reported to have died in the attacks, including nine bombers.
``It's still not real to me, but I'm trying to deal with it anyway,'' said Knox's older brother, Michael.
Knox's 6-year-old son Quentin and ex-wife Mary Dell Knox _ the couple planned to remarry, family members said _ traveled from Copperas Cove, Texas, for the service.
After the church service, an Army color guard gave a 21-gun salute, and presented an American flag to Knox's son. Without shedding a tear, the youngster raised his right hand to his brow in a military salute.
Knox's cousin, Vicki Jones, said it was difficult for the family to have to wait so long for closure.
``We've got a big family, and we're very close-knit,'' she said.