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Leech Lake Ojibwe soldier killed in Iraq laid to rest

A member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe who was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb was laid to rest on the Minnesota tribe's reservation on Tuesday.

More than 600 people paid their respects to Army Specialist Dwayne Bellanger McFarlane, who was killed on January 9 at the age of 20. His family was presented with a Bronze Star for meritorious service in combat, a Purple Heart and a good-conduct medal.

McFarlane was a star athlete who played on the basketball and football teams in high school and ran track. He grew up on the reservation and was raised by his aunt and uncle.

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