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Mass. Green Beret Killed In Afghanistan Returns Home

A Green Beret from Massachusetts killed during combat operations in Afghanistan has returned home.

The Republican newspaper reports the body of Master Sgt. Luis Deleon-Figueroa arrived by private jet in Massachusetts Monday and was met by a contingent of military personnel, family, police and public officials, including Gov. Charlie Baker and Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos.

The 31-year-old native of Puerto Rico and Chicopee resident was one of two Green Berets killed Aug. 21 as a result of small arms fire in Faryab Province.

The procession began outside Westover Metropolitan Airport. Deleon-Figueroa was taken along a flag-adorned route through Chicopee, Springfield and West Springfield.

People who gathered along the route held flags and saluted.

The funeral will be Tuesday in Agawam. Burial with full military honors will follow at the veterans’ cemetery in Agawam.

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