Hillsboro soldier killed in Afghanistan laid to rest today

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 6:10 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 16 at 5:38 PM

(KMOV.com) – The body of a soldier from Hillsboro who was killed in Afghanistan was laid to rest on Monday.

The funeral for Private First Class Matthew Walker will be held at Manchester United Church at 129 Woods Mil Rd. around 11 a.m. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered all flags fly at half-staff in his honor.

Walker’s body was flown into Spirit of St. Louis Airport on Saturday. A visitation service was held Sunday at Kutis Funeral Home on Lemay Ferry Rd.

The 20-year-old Grandview High School graduate was killed when his unit was attacked by enemy fire in Afghanistan on June 5.

Those who knew him told News 4 he was a well-liked person who was eager to serve his county. Walker graduated from Grandview High School in Jefferson County in 2012.

“He always had a smile, he always worked hard,” said Grandview High Football Coach Mike Genge.

Walker served as an infantryman in the 101st airborne division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He was quoted in the yearbook saying he would join the military after graduation.

Walker comes from a family known for its military service and bravery. His mother is a St. Louis police detective.

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