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US contractor killed in Afghanistan remembered at Mass. funeral

Military personnel salute as the casket of Christian H. McCoy, a retired Army Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer 4, is brought out of St. Charles Church in Pittsfield, Mass., on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

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By STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Published: July 9, 2019

A retired Army Special Forces officer, killed last month in Afghanistan where he was working as a civilian contractor, was remembered at a funeral service in Pittsfield, Mass., on Tuesday.

Christian McCoy, a retired Army Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer 4, was killed on June 24, 2019. Previous reports said the circumstances surrounding his death were unclear, with the Defense Department deferring to McCoy's employer to release information on his death, since he was serving as a contractor on a Joint Expeditionary Team.

According to his obituary, McCoy served 27 years in the military and deployed nine times to combat zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa and the Balkans. He retired from active military service on Aug. 31, 2018.

At Tuesday's funeral, a contingent of Army personnel were on hand to serve as pallbearers and an honor guard.

McCoy is survived by his wife, the former Francoise "Franny " M. Soloway, his son, Benjamin R. McCoy of Brimfield, his daughter, Abigail R. McCoy of Brimfield and his daughter, Sydney Stewart of Hammond, Louisiana.

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Abigail McCoy, with her brother Benjamin behind her, speaks about her late father, Christian H. McCoy, during his funeral at St. Charles Church in Pittsfield, Mass., on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.
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