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Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV, 25, of Leland

Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV, 25, of Leland

WILMINGTON, N.C. — A funeral will be held for a member of the North Carolina National Guard killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV of Leland is scheduled to be buried Friday at the Wilmington National Cemetery. The internment will follow a funeral service at the city’s First Baptist Church.

The 25-year-old soldier was killed Oct. 1 with two other members of the Winterville-based 514th Military Police Company when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a motorcycle packed with explosives into a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol in Khost, Afghanistan.

Butler joined the Guard in 2007 and was on his first combat deployment.

A funeral service for Staff Sgt. Donna R. Johnson of Raeford is scheduled for aturday. Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison of Browns Summit was buried Thursday.

Credit: The Associated Press.