Crowds honor Ill. soldier killed in Afghanistan

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 6:48 PM

MOKENA, Ill. (AP) -- Dozens of cars and motorcycles decked with American flags are taking part in a procession to accompany the remains of an Illinois soldier killed in Afghanistan back to his hometown.

The body of Army Pfc. Aaron Toppen arrived Saturday at Chicago’s Midway International Airport. The 19-year-old from Mokena was one of five American service members killed this month by a U.S. airstrike called in to help defend against a Taliban ambush.

The procession is making its way to Mokena, about 20 miles to the southwest of the airport. Crowds are gathered at points along the route.

Visitation for Toppen is scheduled from 1-9 p.m. Monday at Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park.

Funeral services will follow on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the church.

Toppen deployed to Afghanistan in March.

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