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Crowds welcome home fallen Troy, Ill. airman

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TROY, Ill. (AP) -- Hundreds of people braved frigid temperatures to welcome home the body of a southwestern Illinois airman killed in Afghanistan.

Twenty-four-year-old Senior Airman Bradley Smith of Troy died Jan. 3 near Kandahar Airfield.

His body arrived at Scott Air Force Base Saturday afternoon and was escorted through Troy on its way to the Irwin Chapel in Glen Carbon.

Hundreds of mourners stood along the streets of Troy holding American flags, some wiping away tears.

Volunteers hung more than 500 flags from poles across town.

Visitation for Smith will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Bethel Baptist Church in Troy. Services will be at that church at 11 a.m. Monday.

Smith is survived by his parents, brother, wife and a newborn daughter.

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