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Loved ones say good-bye to Sgt. La David Johnson, US soldier slain in Niger

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A heartbreaking truth began to dawn for the family of slain Army Sgt. La David Johnson as loved ones held a private funeral Saturday for the soldier who was killed along with three comrades in an ISIS ambush in Niger.

“Reality just hit me, and it was like, he’s really gone, and I’m not going to ever have my brother anymore,” Johnson’s sister, Terkiya McGriff, told CNN affiliate WSVN the previous night.

Flags across Florida flew at half-staff as Johnson’s remains were transported early Saturday afternoon for burial at Hollywood Memorial Gardens following the closed-door service.

Johnson had been honored Friday at a public wake and memorial service at Christ the Rock Community Church in Cooper City, Florida, WSVN reported. His casket was draped with the American flag.

Also killed in the ambush were Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright and Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, along with five Nigerien soldiers.

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