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Funeral Wednesday for Missouri Highway Patrol sgt. killed in helicopter crash

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Missouri Highway Patrol sergeant killed in a helicopter crash near St. Louis was laid to rest on Wednesday.

A funeral Mass for 47-year-old Joe Schuengel was held at the Basilica in St. Louis, followed by interment at St. Louis' Resurrection Cemetery.

The man from south St. Louis County died last Friday when the helicopter he was piloting crashed on a side street in a Clarkson Valley subdivision. He was alone in the helicopter when it crashed.

The family asks that memorials be sent to the Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society in Poplar Bluff.

The federal investigation of the crash is expected to take months, with preliminary findings expected to be released as early as next week.

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