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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- The flag-draped casket bearing the body of U.S. Army Spc. Chris Drake, who was killed in Afghanistan, is carried from a jet to a waiting hearse by members of the Louisiana National Guard State Military Honors team. Members of Drake's family, including his mother, Rose Drake, second from left in the receiving party, assembled at the Louisiana National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility No. 1 at Hammond Northshore Regional Airport to receive the body.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Sebie Varnado holds an American flag in respect as the body of U.S. Army Spc. Chris Drake, who was killed in Afghanistan, arrives Tuesday in a white hearse at MJR Friendly Services Funeral Home in Denham Springs.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A funeral procession escorts the body of U.S. Army Spc. Chris Drake, who was killed in Afghanistan, from Hammond Northshore Airport along U.S. 190 to MJR Friendly Services Funeral Home, 7803 Florida Blvd., in Denham Springs on Tuesday.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- The flag-draped casket bearing the body of Louisiana National Guard Army Specialist Chris Drake, who was killed recently in Afghanistan, after arriving Tuesday at Louisiana National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility No. 1 at Hammond Northshore Regional Airport, before being taken to MJR Friendly Service Funeral Home in Denham Springs. Drake was assigned to the 1084th Transportation Company, 165th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 139th Regional Support Group based in Reserve.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- The flag-draped casket bearing the body of Louisiana National Guard Army Specialist Chris Drake, who was killed recently in Afghanistan, is carried from a jet to a waiting hearse by members of the Louisiana National Guard State Military Honors team, as family members, including Drake's mother, Rose Drake, second from left in striped shirt in receiving party, Tuesday at Louisiana National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility No. 1 at Hammond Northshore Regional Airport. The official military receiving party is headed by Adj. General Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis. Drake was assigned to the 1084th Transportation Company, 165th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 139th Regional Support Group based in Reserve.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Those close to Louisiana National Guard Army Specialist Chris Drake, including his mother Rose Drake, second from left, make their away from the airport tarmac after receiving the casket with the remains of Drake, who was killed recently in Afghanistan, at Louisiana National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility No. 1 at Hammond Northshore Regional Airport. Drake was assigned to the 1084th Transportation Company, 165th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 139th Regional Support Group based in Reserve.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Patriot Guard rider Pat Nilson, of Diamondhead, Miss., idles her motorcycle as she gets ready to participate in the procession escorting the casket of Specialist Chris Drake, who was killed recently in Afghanistan, after his body arrived Tuesday at Louisiana National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility No. 1 at Hammond Northshore Regional Airport.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Eight-month-old Aiden Dufrene, whose family is friends with the family of Army Specialist Chris Drake, who was killed recently in Afghanistan, holds an American flag as the hearse with Spc. Drake's body leaves Louisiana National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility No. 1 at Hammond Northshore Regional Airport.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The body of Army Specialist Chris Drake, who was killed in Afghanistan, arrives at MJR Friendly Services Funeral home. After the body was removed from the plane it was transported by hearse along 190 to 7803 Florida Blvd. in Denham Springs, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The body of Army Specialist Chris Drake, who was killed in Afghanistan, arrives at MJR Friendly Services Funeral home. After the body was removed from the plane it was transported by hearse along 190 to 7803 Florida Blvd. in Denham Springs, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Breanna Lachney, 6, watches for the funeral procession escorting the body of Army Specialist Chris Drake, who was killed in Afghanistan, to MJR Friendly Services Funeral home. After the body was removed from the plane it was transported by hearse along 190 to 7803 Florida Blvd. in Denham Springs, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- St. James Baptist Church Deaconess Mary B. Triplett talks about Army Specialist Chris Drake, who was killed in Afghanistan, before his remains arrive at MJR Friendly Services Funeral home. After the body was removed from the plane it was transported by hearse along 190 to 7803 Florida Blvd. in Denham Springs, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Eddie Wells, with the funeral home, puts out U.S. flags prior to the body of Army Specialist Chris Drake, who was killed in Afghanistan, arriving at MJR Friendly Services Funeral home. After the body was removed from the plane it was transported by hearse along 190 to 7803 Florida Blvd. in Denham Springs, La.