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Mourners honor Ark. soldier killed in Afghanistan

MARIANNA, Ark. (AP) - Mourners gathered in Marianna on Thursday to remember a 24-year-old soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Department of Defense says that 1st Lt. Tyler Parten died Sept. 10 in the Kunar province after insurgents attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.

His mother, Lona Parten of Jonesboro, says her son is now having "the greatest adventure of his life." She says the nation has lost a great man.

Mourners packed the courthouse square in downtown Marianna for the memorial Thursday.

Information from: Times-Herald, http://www.thnews.com/

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