Funeral For Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Held In Southern Ohio


UPDATED: Monday June 23, 2014 6:03 PM

The funeral for an Ohio soldier among 5 killed in what has been described as a friendly fire airstrike in Afghanistan was held at his former high school.

Services for Army Specialist Justin Helton, of Beaver, were on Monday at Eastern High School. Helton attended the school in Beaver, about a two-hour drive south of Columbus.

Flags and yellow ribbons lined the road to the cemetery.

Helton was one of five soldiers who died June 9 in southern Afghanistan, while serving as part of a joint security operation. The Pentagon said Helton was assigned to the 18th Ordnance Company out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

"Whether it's friendly fire or not, the outcome was the same.. just horrible," said Sheila Dewese, a family friend.

The residents never dreamed the optimistic friend that they called Buck would come home in a flag draped coffin.

"Like our grandson told us, Buck knew the risk before he went over there," added Dewese.

Hundreds of people lined U.S. 23 on Saturday to honor the 25-year-old soldier as a procession escorting his hearse traveled from Rickenbacker Airport in Columbus to a funeral home in Waverly.

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