JAMESTOWN (KDKA) — A soldier from Mercer County who was killed last month while serving in Afghanistan was laid to rest today.

United States Army Capt. Joshua McClimans, 30, died back on April 22.

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According to the Department of Defense, McClimans suffered wounds when “insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire.” He had been working as a head nurse and Medevac.

McClimans grew up in Jamestown, but had recently been living in Akron, Ohio. He was a 1998 graduate of Jamestown High School.

His funeral was held at Jamestown Presbyterian Church. McClimans was taken from the church to the cemetery in a horse-drawn carriage and just about everyone in town joined the procession.

“It’s very, very, sad that the community has lost such a wonderful person and a soldier to top it off, but he’s given all for our country,” Abby Consider, a family friend, said.

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Al Marzano came to pay his respects because he lost his son in the war six years ago. He knows what the family is going through.

“I guess you get a little bit numb as the years go by, but it still doesn’t go away and it still, still hurts,” he said.

For many people here, the wars are taking a toll.

“I just wish it would end,” Consider said. “I’m really, really, sick of it. I mean, it’s only gotten worse.”

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