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Funeral for Mass. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is among those expected to join family and friends to honor a soldier from North Adams who was killed in Afghanistan.

The funeral for Army Pfc. Michael R. DeMarsico II is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in North Adams.

The 20-year-old soldier died Aug. 16 from injuries suffered from an enemy improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

DeMarsico joined the Army in February 2011. He deployed to Afghanistan for the first time with his brigade in December 2011.

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal.