ENID, Okla. — Family members of an Enid native killed in March 2008 while patrolling streets in southern Baghdad were special guests of President Donald Trump Tuesday night when he delivered the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. 

Kelli Hake, widow of Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Hake, and the couple’s son, Gage, who was only a year old when his father died, currently live in Stillwater. They were invited along with nine others to attend the president’s third State of the Union address, according to a press release from the White House.

The release states the death of Hake, who was killed along with three other soldiers, was the result of a bomb supplied by Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian major general killed in a targeted U.S. drone strike Jan. 3 that was approved by Trump.

Residents of Enid and the surrounding area came this past week to show their support for a fallen soldier. And they did it with grace and symp…

“While on patrol, Sgt. Hake’s Bradley fighting vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb supplied by the Iranian terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani. Kelli and Gage directly suffered from Soleimani’s campaign to kill and maim U.S. service members," the White House release states. "Last month, President Donald J. Trump ordered the killing of Soleimani as he was once again trying to initiate attacks on American service members."

Kelli Hake appeared on CNN a few weeks back, to say that she found justice in the Jan. 3 killing of Iran military leader Qasem Soleimani.

During the State of the Union, Trump looked up at Kelli and Gage and reminded the nation about the targeted drone strike he ordered in January that killed Soleimani, then Iran's top military commander.

Hake was home with 1-year-old Gage in the spring of 2008 when she was informed that her husband had been killed during his second tour of duty in Iraq. 

"It was exactly six o’clock in the morning," Hake told CNN during the recent interview. "There was a knock at my door. I was very confused at the time. … It was the day after Easter Sunday, so it was a Monday, and I went to go answer it. My son was still in his bed sleeping, and I wasn’t tall enough to look through the peephole so I looked through the window … by the front of my house and realized that it was men in uniform, and automatically I went over and opened the door … and wasn’t quite comprehending exactly what they were there for until they asked me if I was Mrs. Christopher Michael Hake and when, when they said that, I realized what they were asking, and I said, 'No,' and shut the door. And … they knocked again … took me a few minutes to gather myself. I opened back the door, and, they proceeded to tell me that he had been hit by a roadside bomb and did not make it … It was the hardest day of my life."

Trump has said he ordered the strike against Soleimani, who had just arrived at the airport in Baghdad, Iraq, on Jan. 3, 2020, because he was actively plotting attacks on U.S. service members in the region.

Hake was a 2000 graduate of Oklahoma Bible Academy. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, of Fort Stewart, Ga.

Killed with Hake were Pvt. George Delgado, 21, Palmdale, Calif.; Pfc. Andrew J. Habsieger, 22, Festus, Mo.; and Spc. Jose A. Rubio Hernandez, 24, of Mission, Texas.

A funeral for Hake was held at OBA in 2008, and he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. His name is on the Woodring Wall of Honor at Enid Woodring Regional Airport.

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