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One last Salute: Hundreds attend burial for Utah war hero, Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler

One last Salute: Hundreds attend burial for Utah war hero, Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler (Photo:DJ Bolerjack)

(KUTV) Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler is finally at peace after a 5 hour service in Monticello, Utah Saturday.

Butler was a member of the special forces who was killed in Afghanistan while trying to clear a booby trapped home.

Butlers burial came after a week of high emotion, anger, sadness and confusion for the Butler family, friends and community.

"The support is overwhelming and has blown us away. We had no idea how people have thought and felt. It has carried us through a difficult time and made us stronger," Laura Butler told 2News.

A large number of Butlers fellow green berets, part of the 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group attended the services, including a man who was with him the moment Aaron died, Staff Sgt. Trevor Bell.

Bell was one of over a dozen people, including his parents, 6 brothers and sister, who shared emotional memories at Aaron's service.

After the service 2News spoke to a few of Butlers childhood friends and they are still trying to comprehend the fact Aaron is no longer with them.

Caitlin Weathorford said seeing his casket be carried in front of the community was painful.

"He was never sleeping, he was constantly moving so to see him that still was a shock," Weathorford said.

To view Butlers services and to hear a few special memories that Aaron's friends will cherish, watch the news story above.

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