UPDATEThe Department of Defense announced on Wednesday that Bedoy died on Sept. 16 in Zabul province Afghanistan. The DOD said he suffered injuries along with three others when their position was attacked with small arms fire.
Genaro Bedoy's friends describe him as a generous, giving man who was always happy.
Bedoy was killed while serving in Afghanistan, his best friend Garrett Dorman said.
"He was a great guy," he said. "He was one of the best guys you could ever meet. He was a great friend."
He leaves behind his wife of less than a year along with a 7-week-old baby.
Bedoy, just 20 years old, graduated from River Road High School in 2010. He was a U.S. Army soldier, part of the Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st-14th Cavalry, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
Friends of Bedoy are planning a fundraiser on Friday night at the River Road Homecoming game. Proceeds go directly to Bedoy's family. A balloon release in his honor is also being planned.
A Facebook page was also created to honor Bedoy. The number of likes climbed by more than 2,000 in just one day.