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Tickfaw soldier killed in Afghanistan laid to rest

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Chris Drake and Britny McAdams (Source: Family) Chris Drake and Britny McAdams (Source: Family)
TICKFAW, LA (WAFB) -

Specialist Chris Drake, who was killed last month in Afghanistan, was laid to rest Monday at Eagle Heights Church off LA 1064 in Tickfaw at 11 a.m. The service was open to the public.

Hundreds of friends, family and dignitaries were at the celebration of Drake's life. He was described as an outstanding soldier and citizen by those who knew him best.

Governor Bobby Jindal attended the service. "He took a path to be a fine young man. He turned away from trouble, he turned away from those challenges. He raised his potential, he embraced the future his parents dreamt for him," said Jindal.

Drake was killed in Bagram, Afghanistan when his vehicle was attacked by a rocket-propelled grenade on May 26, 2013.

According to the Department of Defense, he was part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Officials added he was assigned to the 1084th Transportation Company, 165th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 139th Regional Support Group, Reserve, LA in the Louisiana National Guard.

A special procession rolled from the airport in Hammond, LA last Tuesday through Livingston Parish to Denham Springs, LA for Specialist Chris Drake, who was killed last month in Afghanistan.

Drake's mother says Chris joined the U.S. Army to become a mechanical engineer.

Drake's body was escorted last week to the MJR Friendly Service Funeral Home in Denham Springs, LA by military and law enforcement vehicles, including motor units from the Walker Police Department and the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office.

Spc. Drake is survived by his fiance, her 3-year-old son and numerous family members.

Drake's commanding officer Brigadier General Barry Keeling presented the flag to Drake's mother.

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