Someone close to Ackerman posted that the veteran's friends and family would like privacy and time to move on from the tragedy.
He posted: "...we would all appreciate as much time and space to grieve and mourn Andrew. We would also like to maintain privacy as we move on from this. Our friend, brother, son, and hero is no longer with us. Please pray for him and remember him in your hearts. He was an incredible person inside and out and will be eternally missed in this world. One of the most loving and caring individuals we have all encountered. Thank you all again for your efforts over the past few days. Friends and family of Andrew Ackerman will never forget the amount of people that responded and the prayers that were received for his return. May God bless all of you and may God bless his soul. R.I.P my brother. That's all I can say for now. I am sorry. Please give me and his family some time."