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Thousand Line Streets To Support Fallen Marine

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Family and friends honored a fallen soldier Monday while supporters kept at bay a planned protest from a controversial church organization.

Marine Sgt. Kevin Balduf was remembered by his colleagues as someone who made them better people.

"I'm a better father, a better Marine, because of Sgt. Balduf," said Staff Sgt Miguel Perez during the funeral service for Balduf. "He wouldn't leave until he gave every Marine everything he had. It didn't matter how many hours he put in. He knew that soon these kids would be in harm's way."

Balduf, 27, a David Lipscomb High graduate, was killed during a firefight in Afghanistan last month.

Patriotic neighbors lined Franklin Road prior to the funeral to show support for Balduf and to prevent a protest by members of Westboro Baptist Church, a controversial church from Topeka, Kan., known for protesting at military funerals.

Thousands of supporters lined the road, and some were greeted by Balduf's widow Amy as she entered the church.

Westboro Baptist Church supporters also protested at the Gordon Jewish Community Center and the Islamic Center of Nashville before proceeding to the funeral site.

When the protesters arrived at the church, those in support of Balduf flooded Franklin Road. Metro police had to keep the protesters separated. The Westboro protesters left the scene about 90 minutes prior to the funeral with police escort.

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