Virginia sailor who died in USS Fitzgerald accident laid to rest

FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Members of the community bid a final goodbye Saturday to the youngest sailor killed on the USS Fitzgerald in an accident a few weeks back.

19-year-old gunner’s mate Dakota Rigsby was laid to rest among friends and family, all there to pay tribute.

Virginia Del. Rob Bell was also there. 8News spoke with Bell, who described Rigsby’s impact on his community.


“I think what they will say is he was very involved in the community, he came up through the schools here, he played on the sports teams, and when he graduated, he saw that as his calling to be sworn in as a member of the United States Navy,” Bell said.

Rigsby is one of seven sailors killed in a collision near Japan last month.

Their remains were found in a flooded section of the guided-missile destroyer, USS Fitzgerald, which collided with a cargo ship.

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