Fallen Hero Returns Home

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CLEVELAND -- A plane carrying the flag-draped coffin of Sgt. Louis Torres arrived at Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.

A funeral procession, including police, the patriot guard, family members and fellow soldiers, then headed to the 23-year-old's hometown of Oberlin, Ohio.

"This young man died fighting for our country. I came to show the family respect and let them know we support them," says Patriot Guard member John Lawson of Northfield.

Torres passed away in San Antonio, Texas on August 22nd, 16 days after encountering an improvised explosive device or IED in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Torres joined the army in 2008 and deployed to Afghanistan with his brigade in December, 2011. It was his second deployment.

Visitation will be held at the Cowling Funeral Home in Oberlin from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, August 30th.

Funeral services and burial are private.