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Dropkick Murphys Honor Fallen Massachusetts Marine

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Posted at 6:32 AM, Jul 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 08:41:19-04

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Friends and family of the Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman in Tennessee celebrated his life in raucous fashion with a show by the Dropkick Murphys.

The Boston-area rockers were Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan's favorite band, and they played a tribute show Monday night at a packed Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, the Springfield pub owned by Sullivan's brother, Joseph.

The Republican newspaper reports that Dropkick Murphys band member Ken Casey said at the show that while they did not know Sullivan personally, they were thrilled to do their part to honor the fallen Marine.

The rock show came at the end of a somber day that included a funeral Mass and a burial for Sullivan.

Sullivan was one of five service members killed July 16 in Chattanooga.

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