Whether it was his charismatic smile, tenacious drive to be better or nurturing leadership, soldiers could always tell when Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood was around.
"He definitely brightens the mood," said Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Moon, a friend of Hood. "You notice when he's there."
Hood led by example and was an ideal mentor for young soldiers, Moon said.
So when news of his death spread, the military community was shaken as it paused to remember the vibrant man who pushed others to be successful.
"He was very respected by everyone who knew him and worked with him," Moon said.
Hood, 32, a member of the Army Golden Knights parachute team, died Sunday after colliding with another jumper and hitting a Lake Shore Drive high-rise during an air show in Chicago on Saturday morning. He was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he had surgery to relieve pressure in his brain caused by a head injury, said Donna Dixon, a Golden Knights spokeswoman.
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