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Mourners gather to remember Pa. soldier killed in Iraq

April 28, 2007|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Under a rainy April sky on Saturday, flags across Chambersburg flew at half-staff to honor the memory of Pfc. Aaron M. Genevie.

Family and friends gathered during a four-hour viewing at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home to say goodbye to the 22-year-old soldier killed April 16 in Iraq when his Humvee struck an improvised explosive device.

The stream of cars entering and leaving the funeral home was as steady as the rain that drove eight veterans bearing the red, white and blue to seek shelter for the flag as they stood guard outside the viewing.

Across the street, the somber spirit of the borough glowed red in a marquee that read, "Chambersburg honors the loss of Pfc. Aaron Genevie."

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Assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Genevie maintained a MySpace page that became an informal memorial this week.

Several friends wrote that they know Genevie is watching Troop B from heaven.

Genevie's last comments on his MySpace page dealt with his belief in "fighting for the right causes."

"Three hundred million people in the United States, and there's no way that people shouldn't do all they can to help people," he wrote.

Representatives of the funeral home declined to comment on the viewing, which police anticipated would draw a large crowd.

Family members refused to comment, asking to mourn in private.

Born Aug. 31, 1984, in Beaver, Pa., Genevie was the son of Girad and Patricia Dodson Genevie.

A 2003 graduate of McConnellsburg (Pa.) High School, he worked at T.B. Woods Co. prior to entering the Army.

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