The family of a fallen Illinois Army National Guard soldier released a statement Thursday, saying she was a devoted mother and the family's hero.
Robinson's family said:
“Nothing compares to what our family is experiencing at this time, with the loss of Simone. She was devoted to her friends, her family, her country and most importantly to her daughter, Nyzia. She wanted nothing more than to be a good role model for Nyzia and was dedicated to working hard to provide for her. Simone had a smile that could easily light up a room and an angelic voice heard by so many. Simone sang her way through life, getting her through so much. She is truly our hero and will always be in our hearts. We thank you for your support at this difficult time and ask media to respect our wishes not to be interviewed.”
Robinson was promoted to the rank of sergeant after her death and awarded slew of medals, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Funeral services will be March 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Great Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 13615 S. Lawndale, Robbins, Ill.