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Hundreds ignite flames in memory of Shane Cantu

Posted: Saturday, September 1, 2012 8:00 am

CORUNNA — Hundreds of people formed a circle around the track at Corunna High School’s Nick Annese Field, holding candles to create a ring of light during a vigil Friday night honoring Army Pfc. Shane Cantu, who was killed Tuesday while serving in Afghanistan.

Members of Cantu’s family looked on from the 50-yard line as an American flag was raised by Corunna VFW Post 4005 members, a bell tolled and songs, including the national anthem, were played.

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