Funeral for NY Marine killed in Afghanistan

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Associated Press

Posted on August 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 18 at 7:30 PM

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. (AP) — Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr. was barely 21 years old when he was killed in an attack by a policeman in Afghanistan.

His funeral was held today on Long Island.

On Thursday, family members sobbed as his flag-draped coffin arrived in a heart wrenching military ritual.

His mother cried out, "My boy!" as an honor guard carried his remains into an Oceanside funeral home.

Weeping residents held American flags. Some honored his father's request to "salute my boy."

The Afghan police officer shot and killed Buckley and two other U.S. Marines after sharing a meal with them.

It was one of a recent rash of attacks in which Afghan security forces or attackers wearing their uniforms turned their guns on the coalition troops.

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161-a-10-(Markiquse (mahr-KEEZ') Chess, friend, at funeral for Marine Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr.. killed in an attack by an Afghan policeman)-"this could happen"-Markiquse Chess, a close friend of 21-year-old Marine Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr, says his friend's death is unfair. (18 Aug 2012)

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162-a-19-(Markiquse (mahr-KEEZ') Chess, friend, at funeral for Marine Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr.. killed in an attack by an Afghan policeman)-"love he has"-Markiquse Chess, a close friend of 21-year-old Marine Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr, says he's glad the community turned out to support Marine Greg Buckley and his family. ((note length of cut)) (18 Aug 2012)

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164-a-08-(Nicole Pollock, friend, at funeral for Marine Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr.. killed in an attack by an Afghan policeman)-"all of us"-Nicole Pollock, a friend of 21-year-old Marine Greg Buckley, says it's unfair that such a kind man had to die. (18 Aug 2012)

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163-a-11-(Nicole Pollack, friend, at funeral for Marine Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr.. killed in an attack by an Afghan policeman)-"happened to him"-Nicole Pollock, a friend of 21-year-old Marine Greg Buckley, says he will be missed by those who love him. (18 Aug 2012)

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160-a-07-(Congressman Peter King, R-N.Y., at funeral for Marine Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr.. killed in an attack by an Afghan policeman)-"to go through"-New York Congressman Peter King says he always remembers the pain of the families that sacrifice loved ones when Congress sends troops into war. (18 Aug 2012)

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APPHOTO NYMA112: A Marine honor guard carries the casket of Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr. out of St. Agnes Cathedral after his funeral Mass, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 in Rockville Center, N.Y.. Buckley Jr. was barely 21 years old when he was killed in an attack by a policeman in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (18 Aug 2012)

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APPHOTO NYMA111: Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr.'s father Greg, center, is escorted from St. Agnes Cathedral after his funeral Mass, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 in Rockville Center, N.Y.. Buckley Jr. was barely 21 years old when he was killed in an attack by a policeman in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (18 Aug 2012)

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APPHOTO NYMA109: Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr.'s father Greg, center follows his casket from St. Agnes Cathedral after his funeral Mass, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 in Rockville Center, N.Y.. Buckley Jr. was barely 21 years old when he was killed in an attack by a policeman in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (18 Aug 2012)

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APPHOTO NYMA104: Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr.'s father Greg, left, his mother Marina, third from left, and his two brother watch as his casket is carried into St. Agnes Cathedral for his funeral Mass, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 in Rockville Center, N.Y. Buckley Jr. was barely 21 years old when he was killed in an attack by a policeman in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (18 Aug 2012)

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APPHOTO NYMA101: A Marine honor guard carries the casket of Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr. into St. Agnes Cathedral for his funeral Mass, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 in Rockville Center, N.Y.. Buckley Jr. was barely 21 years old when he was killed in an attack by a policeman in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (18 Aug 2012)

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