At 26, Staff Sgt. Ryan Coyer already had a lifetime of accomplishments: four tours to Afghanistan, two tours to Iraq, and being named a member of the elite U.S. Army Rangers.

On Monday, the eve of the one-year anniversary of Coyer’s death, his family gathered at his graveside to commemorate that lifetime of accomplishments, unexpectedly cut short when Coyer died of cardiac arrest.

“The kid could do anything he wanted as long as he put his mind to it,” Anthony Coyer, Ryan’s father, told Michigan’s last year of his son, who was born in Nashville but grew up in Saginaw, Mich., playing football and frequently landing on the honor roll. “He wouldn’t admit that.”

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(Team Room: That’s Ryan’s sister, Lesleigh, lying before his grave. See the article for the fullsize photo. It will stop your day.)