Slain Soldier Buried in Indiana Hometown

U.S. Army Spc. Ricardo Cerros died in an Oct. 8 firefight in Afghanistan

By Michael Kaplan
|  Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011  |  Updated 7:58 PM CDT
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Honoring Chicagoland's Fallen Heroes

Gary native, U.S. Army Spec. Ricardo Cerros Jr., was killed in Afghanistan. He was 24.

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A 24-year-old army ranger who was killed in an October firefight in Afghanistan was buried in his hometown of Gary, Ind., on Wednesday.

The funeral for U.S. Army Spc. Ricardo Cerros took place at noon at the Cathedral of Holy Angels in Gary.

The organ played "Let There Be Peace on Earth" as the closed casket bearing the body of Cerros was carried into the church by fellow U.S. Army Rangers, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported.

Cerros died in an Oct. 8 firefight with insurgents in the Logar Province of Afghanistan, Army officials said. He was a rifleman stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.

Cerros moved from Gary to Salinas, Calif., when he was five years old.

Police cars, fire trucks and more than 60 motorcyclists escorted the body of U.S. Army Spc. Ricardo Cerros to a Gary funeral home Monday. 

Fellow soldiers, family and friends of Cerros paid their respects Tuesday at the Ridgelawn Funeral Home.

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