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Hundreds attend funeral for Conn. Marine

March 30, 2013

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — More than 1,000 mourners were in western Massachusetts to pay tribute to a Marine from Connecticut who was killed in a training exercise explosion in Nevada.

The funeral Friday for 23-year-old Lance Cpl. Roger Muchnick Jr. was held at a church in Lenox, his maternal grandparents’ hometown. He was buried next to his great uncle, William Coakley, a Navy pilot killed during the Vietnam War.

Muchnick, who served tours in Kuwait and Afghanistan, grew up in Westport, Conn. He was one of seven Marines killed March 18 when a mortar shell exploded in its firing tube during an exercise.

The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/1107p37) that five members of the Westport Police Department attended the service. Westport officer Chris Proudfoot, a former Marine, called Muchnick a hero, and said he came out of respect for Muchnick.

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