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Fallen Del. Soldier, 39, Laid to Rest in Dover

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Warrant Officer Sean W. Mullen Warrant Officer Sean W. Mullen

DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Relatives and friends have paid their respects to a soldier from Dover who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Saturday's funeral for U.S. Army Special Forces Warrant Officer Sean W. Mullen was also attended by 23 members of the Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle group. Mullen's family contacted the Patriot Guard because of concerns that members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church would picket the funeral. Members of the small church believe U.S. military deaths are punishment for tolerance of homosexuality.

No Westboro members were seen at Mullen's funeral.

Delaware Ride Capt. Jim Dillard of the Patriot Guard says he's been to "about 50" funerals. He says the group tries to protect mourning relatives from anyone who chooses to protest U.S. policies.

Mullen died Sunday, June 2, n Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, officials said. He was assigned to the 2nd Batallion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Mullen attended Caesar Rodney High School and Delaware Technical and Community College before joining the Maryland National Guard in 1993. He enlisted in the Army in 1995 and trained as a special forces medic before completing warrant officer school late last year. Mullen's classmates in warrant officer training selected him to receive a leadership award, his mother Miriam said.
 
Besides his parents, Mullen is survived by his widow, Nancy, whom he married in 2005. He also is survived by an older sister, Christina, and a niece and nephew.

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