Chicago Soldier Killed in Afghanistan to Be Laid to Rest

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2019-08-13 09:33:34

Note: NBC Sky 5 will offer live coverage of the procession honoring Army Specialist Michael Isaiah Nance beginning at around 8:40 a.m. CST.

A Chicago soldier killed in Afghanistan will be laid to rest Tuesday, days after his body was brought back to the city.

A funeral for Army Specialist Michael Isaiah Nance was scheduled to take place Tuesday morning at Trinity United Church of Christ at 95th and Eggleston in Chicago. He will then be buried with full military honors at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. 

Nance was killed in Afghanistan late last month. His friends and family gathered for a visitation at Leak & Sons Funeral Home Monday night ahead of his burial. 

Chicago Soldier Killed in Afghanistan to Be Laid to Rest

[CHI] Chicago Soldier Killed in Afghanistan to Be Laid to Rest

A plane carrying the 24-year-old’s body landed at Chicago’s Midway Airport Friday afternoon and his remains were then transported to the funeral home at 7838 S. Cottage Grove.

Nance was among two U.S. Paratroopers killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them at a military camp in the Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.

The Department of Defense announced Nance’s death in late-July saying the “combat related incident” is under investigation.

Chicago Soldier Killed in Afghanistan to Be Laid to Rest

[CHI] Chicago Soldier Killed in Afghanistan to Be Laid to Rest

Nance grew up on Chicago’s South Side before moving to the suburbs. He was stationed at Fort Bragg and had been deployed to Afghanistan two weeks before his death.

“He begged his mom to join the Army,” said cousin Trevor Harris. “It was an ongoing battle whether he had his mother’s permission to join the Army. It was something he really, really desired.”



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