Hundreds attend funeral of Kentucky soldier

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (AP) -- Hundreds have paid their last respects to a southern Kentucky soldier killed in Iraq.

People lined the streets of Williamsburg holding flags and flowers as the funeral procession of 25-year-old Army Sgt. David Keith Cooper traveled from Croley Funeral Home to the Bowlin Cemetery in Jellico, Tenn.

Williamsburg police spokesman Shawn Jackson told WKYT-TV that Cooper was "highly respected, very well thought of" in the small town where he graduated from high school with 51 other students. Jackson says the whole community is in mourning.

Cooper died Aug. 27 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his patrol unit came under small-arms fire. He was assigned to the Forward Support Company, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

Cooper was serving his third tour in Iraq. He was scheduled to get out of the military in May.

He is survived by his wife, his parents, two sisters and his grandparents.


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