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Body Of Slain Massachusetts Marine Sullivan Returning Home

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Posted at 3:46 PM, Jul 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 08:52:56-04

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Springfield residents have gotten their chance to pay final respects to a Marine from the city killed by a gunman in Tennessee.

Members of the public have been invited to line city streets Friday when Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan's body is returned to his home town.

Sullivan's casket was expected to arrive at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut on Friday afternoon. It will be escorted along Interstate 91 and was expected to exit the highway onto Sumner Avenue in Springfield around 6 p.m. on the way to the funeral parlor.

Police asked residents to bring American flags.

Calling hours Sunday afternoon at the T.P. Sampson Chapel of The Acres have been made open to the public. Monday's funeral Mass and burial were set to only open to invited family, friends and dignitaries. 

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