Church Remembers Local Aid Worker Killed in Afghanistan

By: Michael Hyland Email
By: Michael Hyland Email

Family and friends are remembering Brian Carderelli for his love of others and commitment to those in need following his death in Afghanistan.

Carderelli was one of ten aid workers killed in an ambush late last week.

He grew up in Harrisonburg and graduated from James Madison University in 2009.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, accusing the aid workers of spying and trying to convert Muslims to Christianity.

The director of the International Assistance Mission flatly denies the charge, saying the ten were there doing medical work.

Carderelli got his bachelor's degree in digital video, which his family says he was putting to work in Afghanistan.

Two people who were part of the team in Afghanistan invited Carderelli to document their work.

His family says he was an Eagle Scout who loved the outdoors.

The Carderellis live in Harrisonburg and attend Covenant Presbyterian Church.

J.D. Patton, a family friend and church ruling elder, spoke about coping with the loss.

"I think [his family is] handling it amazingly well, considering the circumstances. They're Christians, and they're trusting in the Lord in this circumstance. And they know Brian was a Christian and that he's in a better place right now. And so, it's that hope and confidence that they have. And, I think that's what's getting them through this," says Patton.

Church leaders say they're making plans for a memorial service, but a date and time haven't been set. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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