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Private Funeral Planned For Massachusetts Marine Killed In Tenn.


The funeral for the Springfield, Massachusetts native, who was among the Marines killed last week by a gunman in Tennessee, will be private.

A spokesman for the family of Marine Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan said Monday’s funeral will be for family, friends and invited dignitaries only.  

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will be the main celebrant and homilist for the service at Holy Cross Church in the East Forest Park neighborhood where Sullivan grew up.  Burial will be at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. 

Earlier this week, President Obama paid tribute to Sullivan during a speech at a VFW convention.

" In battle, said a comrade, Sully was just everything a Marine should be," said Mr. Obama.

Sullivan, who was 40, did two tours in Iraq and twice earned the Purple Heart.

Sullivan’s family, in a statement, said they “are truly humbled by the outpouring of support” they’ve received.

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