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Pfc. Shane Cantu returns home to a hero's welcome

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(09/06/12) - A Mid-Michigan soldier returned home after being killed while serving in Afghanistan.

The body of Private First Class Shane Cantu was flown from Dover Air Force Base to Flint's Bishop airport. Cantu's body was returned home just after noon Thursday.

Dozens of Patriot Guard Riders drove in from all over the state to pay their respects to Shane and his family. The emotional moment came for family and close friends when the military honor guard carried the casket from the airplane to the hearse.

Shane Cantu graduated from Corunna High School in 2010 where he was a star football player. Shane was one of five children, including a twin sister. He was the only boy.

His mother said family meant a great deal to Shane. He took great pride in being an uncle to his two nephews and was looking forward to the birth of a niece.

Shane was escorted by his uncle who rode first in the procession, along with other family members. Following them, were the Patriot Guard Riders who came from all over Michigan to take him home.

Visitation for Pfc. Cantu is Saturday and Sunday at the Nelson - House Funeral Home in Owosso. His memorial service is Monday, Sept. 10 at 5p.m. at the Corunna high school field.

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