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    Slain Marine returns home

    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published October 13, 2002

    TAMPA -- As U.S. Airways flight 995 from Pittsburgh touched down Saturday at Tampa International Airport, a Marine Corps color guard stood at attention outside gate F-86.

    The color guard was awaiting the arrival of a casket bearing the remains of Marine Cpl. Antonio Sledd of Carrollwood. Sledd, 20, was killed by suspected terrorists in Kuwait this week.

    His body arrived in Tampa in a mahogany casket packed inside a cardboard box and strapped to a wooden flat. Before pulling the box out of the cargo space, two Marines draped an American flag over it.

    Sledd's family was not at the airport.

    Twelve soldiers placed the box on a metal casket truck and into the back of a black hearse. The body was taken to Blount, Curry & Roel funeral home in Carrollwood.

    Funeral arrangements were pending Saturday night.

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