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Originally published March 9, 2012 at 5:54 AM | Page modified March 9, 2012 at 5:59 AM

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Kennewick teen to be buried in military uniform

A Kennewick 17-year-old who never got his wish to serve in the military will be buried in a uniform.

The Associated Press

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KENNEWICK, Wash. —

A Kennewick 17-year-old who never got his wish to serve in the military will be buried in a uniform.

Alfredo Barajas died Thursday of a terminal heart condition.

Staff and other students at Kamiakin High School knew of his condition and raised collected donations in recent months for the family.

The Tri-City Herald reports ( http://is.gd/hmlixX) local members of the military and law enforcement mobilized to help Alfredo with his wish to become a soldier. They gathered a camouflage military uniform, military hats, pins, police items and an American flag.

On Jan. 14 military service members visited Alredo and made him an honorary drill sergeant. He'll be buried in the military outfit.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

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