Community comes together to honor fallen soldier

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A community came together Tuesday to remember a young man who gave his life serving his country. Funeral services were held for 25-year-old Staff Sergeant James Hunter at First United Methodist Church in Winchester. He died in an explosion in Afghanistan on June 18 while on foot patrol.

Flags were seen around the church Tuesday morning during the service as friends, family, and fellow soldiers gathered inside. Staff Sergeant Hunter was a Lexington native who grew up in Ohio. His friends and family say he was a University of Kentucky Basketball fan.

He was awarded the purple heart during his funeral service Tuesday.
An army journalist, friends and family say Staff Sergeant Hunter liked to tell stories of his fellow soldiers. Tuesday, Brigadier General Tom Richardson shared stories of the fallen hero.

A funeral procession went through downtown Lexington Tuesday afternoon. Hunter is scheduled to be laid to rest around 1:30pm at Lexington Cemetery with full military honors.

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