Mo. Marine killed in Afghanistan escorted to Jefferson Barracks Cemetery

Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 3:50 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2021 at 1:46 PM CDT
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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KFVS/AP) - A procession route closed to traffic while the remains of a Missouri Marine killed in Afghanistan were escorted to Jefferson Barracks Cemetery.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C, the escort began around 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 16.

The procession traveled on eastbound I-70, southbound I-270, eastbound I-255 and exited at Telegraph Road. They then traveled north on Telegraph Road to Sheridan Road.

Lance Cpl. Schmitz will be interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. His funeral service was private.

Governor Mike Parson ordered all U.S. and state flags at government buildings in Missouri to fly at half-staff on Thursday in honor of Lance Cpl. Schmitz.

On Wednesday, September 8, several miles of westbound traffic on Interstate 70 in suburban St. Louis closed briefly as his remains were escorted from Lambert Airport to the funeral home in St. Charles.

Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz was among 13 U.S. service members killed in August in Kabul. They were recently awarded Purple Hearts.

He was from Wentzville, Missouri.

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