Final honors were rendered this morning for Army Staff Sergeant Michael J. Garcia at St. John Berchman Catholic Church in Shreveport.
Hundreds gathered outside of the church on Jordan Street to watch the flag draped casket as it was carried by an honor guard inside the church for a celebration of mass, then to a memorial ceremony outside.
Law enforcement agencies, military and Patriot Guard Riders stood watch over the ceremony.
Garcia died on July 4 when his bomb disposal unit came under attack in Afghanistan. Garcia was killed by an IED bomb.
He leaves behind an 8-year-old son and seven siblings.