Friends remember San Diego soldier Chase Simmons

Posted at 11:31 PM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 02:31:11-05

The San Diego soldier who has been fighting for his life after a horrific crash, died Thursday.

Friend Samantha Seidl told 10News they were remembering the life of Chase Simmons, not solely mourning. 

“You gotta keep going on," Seidl said. "Because he would not want us to be sitting around moping which we’re going to do anyway, of course. Inevitable.”

Ashley Turley calls Simmons the model soldier, but also a perfect person.

“We all love Chase very much," Turley said through tears. "And I mean, if you met him, you won’t ever forget him. And you definitely will always be a better person for having met him and having known him.”

Seidl said Simmons was always there for those he loved. 

"He was that person if you were upset, you would  call him," Seidl said. "He was a perfect listener. And he was just, he was an overall amazing guy."

Chase's mom, Vicki Simmons, said he will be buried will full military honors. The family is still planning the funeral.