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Hundreds in Perry honor slain Marine as hero

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PERRY (AP) -- Hundreds of relatives and friends are remembering a slain Marine as a hometown hero during a funeral at his former high school.

Residents filled Perry High School's gymnasium Saturday to honor 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Joshua Davis. He died of injuries May 7 suffered during a gun battle with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

Davis was captain of the school's wrestling team and a football player there.

First Sgt. Brandon Eckhardt told mourners that Davis responded to enemy gunfire with a machine gun to protect his comrades.

Pastor Deb Parkison told Davis' parents to find joy in their loss, saying they "raised a mighty hero."

Davis will be buried at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel.

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