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Alabama Sailor Killed in Pakistan Laid to Rest

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Some 700 mourners attended a funeral in Mobile for an Alabama sailor killed Sept. 20 in a terrorist bomb blast outside a hotel in Pakistan.

At Monday's services, Calvary Assembly of God pastor Dave Edwards said Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew O'Bryant, a 22-year-old Theodore High School graduate, was "a brave young man who made the ultimate sacrifice."

A cryptologic technician, O'Bryant was based at Fort Meade, Md

A large image of O'Bryant projected onto a screen on a wall of the sanctuary as his brother, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Lawrence O'Bryant, called his brother "a hero" and "a patriot" in his emotional address. The two brothers and two of their cousins were all serving in the Navy at the same time.

The bomb blast at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad took at least 60 lives.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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