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Private First Class Shane Cantu laid to rest Monday

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CORUNNA (WJRT) -

(09/10/12) - A community is saying goodbye to a Shiawassee County soldier killed last month in Afghanistan.

Army Private First Class, Shane Cantu, died Aug. 28 after insurgents tossed an explosive over a base wall. He had only been there a short time.

Shane is one of five children, including a twin sister. He was the only boy in the family.

The 20 year old was a starter on the Corunna High School football team. A service was held Monday at the high school football field.

The stands filled up quickly, and the patriot guard riders were standing at attention, ready to send him off one last time.

The high school principal says he was an amazing kid, and they're honored to hold services there.

Once services are done at the football field, they will head to the cemetery and lay Shane to rest.

From Owosso to Corunna, local businesses are paying tribute to Shane's sacrifice and service.

"It's pretty cool that we live in community that supports people even if you don't know him," said Tricia Love, of Owosso.

"We have had a few guys go over there, but this is the first one we lost. It's horrible," said Cathy Spencer, a Corunna paramedic.

Spencer remembers Shane when he played football for the cavaliers. "I remember number six, he was always out there with the team, you could tell he loved the game."

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff Monday and Tuesday.

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