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Army Spc. Christopher Patterson of North Aurora, in his senior portrait at West Aurora High School. He graduated in 2009.

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Vice Chief of Staff Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, left, and Air Force Col. Thomas Joyce salute Sunday as the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan M. Metzger of Indianapolis, Army Spc. Brian J. Leonhardt of Merrillville, Ind., Army Spc. Christopher Patterson of North Aurora and Army Spc. Robert J. Tauteris Jr. of Hamlet, Ind., upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The men were killed in Afghanistan last week.

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An Army carry team moves the transfer case containing the remains of Spc. Christopher Patterson of North Aurora upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base Sunday. Patterson was serving with the 713th Engineer Company, Indiana National Guard, in Afghanistan. Patterson's funeral is Jan. 20 in Batavia.

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An Army carry team moves the transfer case containing the remains of Army Spc. Christopher Patterson of North Aurora upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base Sunday.

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Funeral arrangements have been announced for Spc. Christopher Patterson of North Aurora, who was killed last week while serving in Afghanistan. "He loved his God and his faith," his mother Mary Patterson said Wednesday afternoon.
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    • Army Spc. Christopher Patterson of North Aurora, in his senior portrait at West Aurora High School. He graduated in 2009.
    •  Vice Chief of Staff Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, left, and Air Force Col. Thomas Joyce salute Sunday as the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan M. Metzger of Indianapolis, Army Spc. Brian J. Leonhardt of Merrillville, Ind., Army Spc. Christopher Patterson of North Aurora and Army Spc. Robert J. Tauteris Jr. of Hamlet, Ind., upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The men were killed in Afghanistan last week.
    •  An Army carry team moves the transfer case containing the remains of Spc. Christopher Patterson of North Aurora upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base Sunday. Patterson was serving with the 713th Engineer Company, Indiana National Guard, in Afghanistan. Patterson’s funeral is Jan. 20 in Batavia.
    •  An Army carry team moves the transfer case containing the remains of Army Spc. Christopher Patterson of North Aurora upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base Sunday.
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