Funeral for NY Marine killed in Afghanistan

A Marine honor guard carries the casket of Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr. out of St. Agnes Cathedral after his funeral Mass, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 in Rockville Center, N.Y.. Buckley Jr. was barely 21 years old when he was killed in an attack by a policeman in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

August 18, 2012 7:46:37 PM PDT
Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr. was barely 21 years old when he was killed in an attack by a policeman in Afghanistan.

His funeral was held today on Long Island.

On Thursday, family members sobbed as his flag-draped coffin arrived in a heart wrenching military ritual.

His mother cried out, "My boy!" as an honor guard carried his remains into an Oceanside funeral home.

Weeping residents held American flags. Some honored his father's request to "salute my boy."

The Afghan police officer shot and killed Buckley and two other U.S. Marines after sharing a meal with them.

It was one of a recent rash of attacks in which Afghan security forces or attackers wearing their uniforms turned their guns on the coalition troops.


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