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Staff Sgt. Viola of Keller laid to rest

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A Keller community said their final goodbyes to Staff Sgt. Alex Viola who was killed in Afghanistan.  Hundreds attended the funeral Saturday to pay their respects to the fallen soldier.

Staff Sgt. Viola, 29, was killed last week by a bomb in Afghanistan on his first deployment as special forces.

Alex touched many lives and was not only part of the military family, he was a regular at Crossfit Grapevine and a lifelong hockey player. Hockey teammate Trey Ruzic remembers him fondly. "All the hockey players were in their jerseys, it's a brotherhood when you play together," he said.

Ruzic grew up playing hockey with Alex and says there was a reason why Alex was a Green Beret. During their years playing together, Alex had touched his life.

Streets were lined with hundreds of flags and people who didn't even know Alex, proving he's still touching lives after his death.

"I'm going to be over there in 3 weeks and I'm going to remember him the whole time, I thank him for his service and what he did out there," said Private First Class Travis Thomas.

Patriot Guard riders followed the processional from the church to his final resting place.

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