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Fundraiser planned for fallen Va. Marine's family

Thursday - 8/23/2012, 1:43pm  ET

ALTAVISTA, Va. - A fundraiser is planned to assist the family of a Marine from Virginia who was killed in Afghanistan.

Members of the Altavista Fire Department will sell wristbands Friday night at a high school football game and at the Avoca Museum.

The News & Advance ( reports proceeds will be given to the widow and four children of 36-year-old Staff Sgt. Gregory Copes of Lynch Station.

Copes and another Marine from Colorado were killed Aug. 17 in Farah province. Police say a recruit who was handed his AK-47 by U.S. military trainers to defend his remote Afghan village turned around and immediately opened fire during an inauguration ceremony.

Copes had been scheduled to return to the United States on Sept. 3.


Information from: The News & Advance,

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