FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (CBS/AP) — A funeral was held Monday morning for a U.S. Marine from Massachusetts who was killed in combat operations in Afghanistan earlier this month.

The funeral of Lance Cpl. Matthew Rodriguez took place at the First Congregational Church in his hometown of Fairhaven. He will be buried at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

Outside, mourners gathered to pay their respects to the fallen hero.

The 19-year-old Rodriguez died Dec. 11 during combat operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force based in Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Rodriguez graduated in 2012 from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School and enlisted in the Marines in August 2012.

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