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Funeral Held for Mass. Green Beret Killed in Afghanistan

Master Sgt. Luis Deleon-Figueroa, of Chicopee, was one of two Green Berets killed Aug. 21

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    Body of Chicopee Soldier Returns to Massachusetts

    The body of Master Sgt. Luis Deleon-Figueroa arrived by private jet in Massachusetts Monday and was met by a contingent of military personnel, family, police and public officials, including Gov. Charlie Baker and Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 2, 2019)

    A Green Beret from Massachusetts killed during combat operation in Afghanistan last month was remembered at his funeral not just as a soldier, but as a father, friend and loving fiance.

    Master Sgt. Luis DeLeon-Figueroa was laid to rest Tuesday at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, shortly after a funeral service at Bethany Assembly of God Church.

    His 9-year-old daughter, Angie, moved mourners to tears when she read a letter to her father that said "Dear Papi, thank you for being a great hero and a great daddy. Thank you for defending our country and for always loving me."

    The 31-year-old native of Puerto Rico and longtime Chicopee resident was one of two Green Berets killed Aug. 21 as a result of small arms fire in Faryab Province.

    Decorated Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Is Remembered

    [NECN] Decorated Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Is Remembered

    Master Sgt. Luis DeLeon-Figueroa was taken in by a family in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and joined the military before he was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 23, 2019)