The remains of a soldier who was killed a week ago in Afghanistan have been returned to his family in the U.S.

The Fayetteville Observer reports the family of Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin greeted his flag-draped casket at Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg on Saturday.

The 29-year-old from Newport News, Virginia, was killed Jan. 11 by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

Also killed in the attack last Saturday was 21-year-old Pfc. Miguel A. Villalon of Joliet, Illinois.

After McLaughlin’s widow was given a moment to say goodbye, hundreds of other paratroopers lined the roadway to salute as the hearse was escorted away.

Pfc. Miguel A. Villalon of Joliet. Photos via U.S. Army.

Feature photo: Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin.

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