The body of a US Marine killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan has returned home to Massachusetts on the 20th anniversary of the attacks that led to the war.
Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, was among the American and Afghan soldiers killed in the August 26 attack near Kabul airport.
Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Kim Janey and US Senator Edward Markey paid tribute to his family as the body arrived at Boston’s Logan International Airport on Saturday.
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In Rosario Pichardo’s hometown of Lawrence, people lined the streets and waved flags in front of the motorcade of police, firefighters and other vehicles accompanying his coffin. A Navy honor guard transported the flag-covered casket to a funeral home.
“She’s coming home on the date, the 20th anniversary of the date, that created the war that claimed her life,” Francisco Urena, former state commissioner of veterans, told the Boston Globe.
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She served in the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51 / 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
A private funeral mass will be held on Monday. A public vigil is scheduled for Tuesday in a stadium in Lawrence, with burial in the Bellevue cemetery.