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Funeral in Española For Fallen Soldier

The flag draped casket containing Army Spc. Pernell J. Herrera sits on the tarmac at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport during a ceremony for Hererra Tuesday Jan. 10.  (Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/Journal)
The flag draped casket containing Army Spc. Pernell J. Herrera sits on the tarmac at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport during a ceremony for Hererra Tuesday Jan. 10. (Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/Journal)
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Funeral services for Sgt. Pernell J. Herrera take place this morning at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Española, followed by interment at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Herrera, 33,  was a signal support systems specialist with C Company, 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment of the New Mexico National Guard out of Santa Fe.

Herrera died of a heart attack Dec. 31 while performing physical fitness training in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

He had enlisted in the New Mexico National Guard in May 2006 and served honorably over the last 5 and 1/2 years.

For more information on Herrera, click here.

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