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Funeral held for diplomat killed in Afghanistan

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Tom Smedinghoff, shows Anne Smedinghoff. The funeral Mass for Smedinghoff, the young U.S. diplomat killed while delivering textbooks in southern Afghanistan, will be held Wednesday morning at St. Luke Church in River Forest. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Tom Smedinghoff)

RIVER FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Funeral services are under way in suburban Chicago for a young American diplomat killed while delivering textbooks to a school in southern Afghanistan.

Several hundred mourners are attending Wednesday's Mass for Anne Smedinghoff. Some have lit small candles in the pews of the St. Luke Church in River Forest and some are holding white roses. Pall bearers have removed the U.S. flag draping her wooden coffin.

The church is attached to the Catholic school she attended as a child.

The 25-year-old Smedinghoff and four other Americans were killed earlier this month while walking from a military base to a nearby school. Two explosions occurred, apparently a suicide car bombing followed by a roadside blast.

White ribbons are tied around trees and lampposts for many blocks surrounding the church.


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