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North Texas Green Beret Laid to Rest

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TOLAR, Texas -

Hundreds of people turned out Sunday afternoon to remember Sergeant First Class Riley Stephens of Tolar, southwest of Granbury.

The green beret army medic was killed during an attack on September 28th in Afghanistan. He was on his fifth combat tour.

A Patriot Guard unit lead the procession, which stretched nearly four miles. It traveled through Hood, Tarrant and Dallas counties, ending at DFW National Cemetery. Sgt. Denise Lizun knew Stephens growing up.

"The support that Riley and his family have gotten through this whole process has been amazing. He died doing absolutely what he believed in and that's how he needs to be remembered."

Others never knew Sgt. Stephens personally, but still wanted to show their respect.

"He's a soldier. Fought for our country, fought for me and even though I don't know him, that's enough for me to give him every bit of honor that I can," says Dan Barte.

Mary Jo Taquero: "I am sad for what happened to him, but I am proud at the same time because he actually served our country and protected us from all those terrorists."

Sgt. Stephens' military awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Army Achievement Medal. He is a graduate of Tolar High School, where he played on a championship football team. He is survived by his wife, three children and father.

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