soldier us flag1 Crowd Mourns Fallen Soldier In Marine CityA large crowd gathered Wednesday to honor Army Pfc. Shane M. Reifert of Cottrellville, who was killed in fighting in Afghanistan.

The 23-year-old died after insurgents attacked his unit with small arms in Kundar province November 6th.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. It’s based at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Reifert’s funeral was held Wednesday morning at Our Lady on the River Holy Cross Parish in Marine City.

People came from all over Michigan, carrying the American flag, to line the street in front of Our Lady of the River Holy Cross church and to insulate the family of  Army Pfc. Shane M. Reifert from Westboro Baptist Church protesters, an anti-gay church from Kansas who planed to protest outside.

“I heard that the protestors would be here and I thought it would be the right thing to do, to join everybody here to support the family in their time of need,” said one supporter of the family.

Police  told WWJ’s Florence Walton they would restrict the Westboro church protestors, who picket funerals of American servicemen to a nearby park, if they show up.

Reifert’s burial was planned for 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Township.

(Copyright 2010 WWJ Radio. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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