Opelika family reunited with late soldier's ring

(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - A family is reuniting with a special class ring.

Sergeant Christopher Taylor was 22 when he was killed in Iraq with two other soldiers during an attack in 2005.

Twelve years following his death, a high school class ring is bringing back feelings of love, remembrance, and family.

"Beyond words, I was speechless, happy of course, speechless, emotional, just a lot of different, thoughts and emotions all at the same time," said Janina Taylor, wife of Christopher Taylor.

The ring was lost during a move from Fort Stewart to Opelika, believed to be passed off to a jeweler out of Texas and finally making its' way back to the Taylor family.

"She contacted me through Facebook, letting me know who had a ring that she has kept for six, maybe six, seven, or eight years," said Taylor.

The ring is a simple band, with a ruby gem, engraved with Sergeant Christopher Taylor's name, and a picture of the loving couple.

Taylor says she was with her late husband when he purchased the ring from Walmart in 2001.

"Again, I'm just speechless and emotional. It's just something extra reminding me of our love for each other," said Taylor.

Taylor plans to store the ring on a bookshelf along with other mementos of her late husband, including family pictures, a football helmet, and a flag.

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