Fallen Wynne Marine Laid to Rest This Afternoon

FEBRUARY 3, 2005 - Posted at 7:34 a.m. CST, updated 4:25 p.m. CST

WYNNE, AR - Funeral services were held this afternoon in Wynne for a marine who was killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq.

Lance Corporal Brian C. Hopper was among 31 Marines killed in the crash of a CH-53E military helicopter in western Iraq last week.  His brother, Lance Corporal Patrick Hopper, also is serving in Iraq.  He accompanied Brian Hopper's body home on Tuesday.

The funeral for the 21-year-old was held at the Wynne Baptist Church.  Family members said Brian Hopper was about to be sent home before the crash.

Officials said the helicopter was on a routine mission in support of Sunday's elections in Iraq.  There was severe weather in the area.

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