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Fallen Ill. Soldier Brought Home

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Pamela Toppen (L) gets a hug after the remains of her son Pfc. Aaron Toppen were loaded into a hearse after arriving at Midway Airport on a charter aircraft from Dover Air Force Base on June 21, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Toppen, 19, was killed alongside four other American Soldiers and an Afghan soldier in a friendly fire airstrike during a firefight earlier this month in Afghanistan.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Pamela Toppen (L) gets a hug after the remains of her son Pfc. Aaron Toppen were loaded into a hearse after arriving at Midway Airport on a charter aircraft from Dover Air Force Base on June 21, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Toppen, 19, was killed alongside four other American Soldiers and an Afghan soldier in a friendly fire airstrike during a firefight earlier this month in Afghanistan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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MOKENA, Ill. (AP)- The body of a 19-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan has been brought back to his Illinois hometown.

Dozens of cars and motorcycles decked with American flags took part in a procession Saturday to accompany the remains of Army Private First Class Aaron Toppen after his casket arrived at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.

Along the 20-mile route to Mokena, crowds of people stood saluting and waving flags.

Toppen was one of five American service members killed this month by a U.S. airstrike called in to help defend against a Taliban ambush. He deployed in March.

The soldier was the youngest of three children.

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

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

 

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