A memorial service is planned for today in Iraq, for Jeremiah Small, of Cosmopolis, Wash. Additional services are scheduled to occur this month in Nashville, Aberdeen and Yakima.
Small’s family includes his sister Sarah Russell and brother-in-law Jon Russell, of Washougal.
Small, 33, was shot three times and killed by an 18-year-old male student in Sulaimaniya, Iraq, Thursday. The student then shot himself and died later at a hospital.
Small was teaching a history class at the Classical School of the Medes when the shooting occurred.
“The day before the shooting, there was a debate in the classroom and this student became very heated,” Sarah Russell said. “My brother had asked him to calm down and use rationale and reason rather than emotion to be convincing. There was never any known antipathy between my brother and this student.”
Sarah, 31, said her brother and the student had seemed to be on good terms.
“They were studying Islam and the life of Muhammad,” she said. “The student was actually arguing for the same side Jeremiah would have, had he been involved in the debate.”