New Bedford soldier given private funeral due to coronavirus concerns

A New Bedford soldier was laid to rest in a private ceremony Saturday due to coronavirus concerns, but veterans and other mourners came out an appropriate distance away to show their support.

Private First Class Justin Kirby was killed during a training exercise at a base in California last week.

A private ceremony was held at Sacred Heart Cemetery, complete with 21-gun salute. People lined the road during the funeral procession.

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