It was a graduation gift from his mother, a chance to skydive.
Quinn Johnson-Harris of Milwaukee made that first jump and declared: "I'm going to live in the sky."
And he did, joining the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Homestead High School, carving out a career and a calling, visiting 17 countries as he served his nation, just like his brothers and grandfather.
On Oct. 2, 2015, Johnson-Harris, an aircraft loadmaster, was on a C-130J Super Hercules plane that took off from Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan.
The flight lasted 28 seconds. There was a stall. The plane crashed, killing all 11 people on board, and three others on the ground.
Quinn was 21
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