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Family of soldier who died in Syria releases statement; procession scheduled for Saturday

An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Spc. Antonio I. Moore, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

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By DAN SPEARS | Star-News, Wilmington, N.C. | Published: February 1, 2020

WILMINGTON, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — The family of Army Reserve Spc. Antonio Moore, the Wilmington native who died last week in Syria while on deployment, released their first statement Friday.

"We would like to extend our family's heartfelt gratitude for the community's overwhelming support as we grieve the loss of our beloved son, brother, grandson and friend," the statement read, as shared by the Wilmington Fire Department.

"Tony was larger than life, full of love and proud to serve this country. We take comfort in knowing that he was doing what he loved along with the stories and pictures that have been shared from all of those that knew and loved him. The family is deeply appreciative of the continuous outpouring of love from the citizens of this community and ask all of those wishing to make a monetary donation to allow us time to establish a dedicated account in honor Antonio. Details of the established account will be provided at later time."

Earlier in the day, the WFD announced that a funeral procession for Moore will run from Wilmington International Airport (ILM) to Wilmington Burial and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st St. on Saturday.

Moore's remains are expected to arrive at ILM at noon, and depart the airport from 12:20-12:30 p.m.. From there, the route will go south on 23rd Street, then east on Martin Luther King Parkway, south on College Road to 41st Street, and then to the funeral home.

According to his obituary, the family will see friends from 3-6 p.m. Monday, with funeral services scheduled for Tuesday at Union Missionary Baptist Church, 2711 Princess Place Dr. Burial is scheduled to follow, with full military honors, at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Moore was a 2016 graduate of Hoggard High School before joining the military.

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