Master Sgt. Luis DeLeon-Figueroa. (U.S. Army)
AGAWAM, Mass. (AP) — 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.
DeLeon-Figueroa's body was flown into Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee Monday, and area residents were asked to line the procession route from the base to the Curran-Jones Funeral Home in West Springfield to pay their respects.