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Published October 17, 2010, 08:26 PM

Army Soldier from New London, MN Gets Hometown Funeral

Mourners filled the New London-Spicer High School gymnasium as they paid respects to a local soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

By: Associated Press,

NEW LONDON, Minn. (AP) — Mourners filled the New London-Spicer High School gymnasium as they paid respects to a local soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

The West Central Tribune in Willmar reports that Army Pfc. Ryane Clark was remembered as a brother by Major General Rodney Anderson at the Sunday funeral. Anderson says that message to mourners came directly from Clark's fellow soldiers stills erving in Afghanistan.

Clark was killed Oct. 4 while serving in Shekhabad, Afghanistan, when his convoy was ambushed by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty was among the mourners Sunday in New London. The Rev. Victor Young of Green Lake Lutheran Church, which Clark attended, eulogized the young man as someone willing to defend his country and protect freedoms.

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