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IA soldier killed in Iraq laid to rest Saturday

HARTLEY, Iowa (AP) -- U.S. Army Staff Sgt. LeRoy Webster, who was killed during combat in Iraq, was laid to rest Saturday in northwest Iowa.

More than 700 people gathered for Webster's funeral. Webster, who was 28 years old, was remembered as a good father and husband and a dedicated soldier who never forgot his commitment to duty.

Webster died on April 25 after being shot near Kirkuk while on patrol with a unit from the Army's 1st Cavalry Division. He leaves behind a wife and three young daughters.

Webster joined the Iowa National Guard in 2001 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2006. He had served a tour of Afghanistan with the National Guard and was on his second Army deployment to Iraq at the time of his death.

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