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Springfield Marine Killed In Tennessee Shooting Called 'Exemplary'

Marine pallbearers carry the casket of Marine Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, who died in the July 16 Chattanooga shooting, into a funeral service in Springfield, Mass., on  July 27, 2015. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Marine pallbearers carry the casket of Marine Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, who died in the July 16 Chattanooga shooting, into a funeral service in Springfield, Mass., on July 27, 2015. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
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The Massachusetts Marine killed a by a gunman in Tennessee earlier this month was remembered by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield as "an exemplary Marine, a leader and a man of true courage."

Bishop Mitchell Rozanski said at the private funeral Mass on Monday for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan that he "leaves us with a legacy that will forever be cherished."

Sullivan, a Springfield native, was one of five service members killed in Chattanooga on July 16. The gunman was killed by police.

The Mass at Holy Cross Church was attended by family, friends, active duty Marines and dignitaries, including Gov. Charlie Baker.

Thousands of people paid their respects at a public wake Sunday afternoon.

Sullivan will be laid to rest in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam.

This article was originally published on July 27, 2015.

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