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Crowds honor Ill. soldier killed in Afghanistan

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MOKENA, Ill. (Associated Press) -

Hundreds of people waited near Midway International Airport in Chicago to honor an Illinois soldier killed in Afghanistan as his remains were brought back to his hometown.

The body of Army Pfc. Aaron Toppen arrived at the airport Saturday. The 19-year-old was one of five American service members killed this month by a U.S. airstrike called in to help defend against a Taliban ambush.

A procession accompanied his remains to his hometown of Mokena, about 20 miles to the southwest. Crowds gathered at points along the route.

Visitation is scheduled from 1-9 p.m. on Monday at Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park.

Funeral services will follow on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the church.

Toppen deployed to Afghanistan in March.

SEE: Volunteers line streets with yellow ribbon for fallen soldier

SEE: Mokena soldier among five killed by apparent friendly fire

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