Community mourns Army sergeant from BK at East New York funeral

Mourners said tearful goodbyes Saturday in East New York to an Army sergeant from Canarsie who was killed in Iraq.Mario Nelson, 26, leaves behind a

EAST NEW YORK - Mourners said tearful goodbyes Saturday in East New York to an Army sergeant from Canarsie who was killed in Iraq.

Mario Nelson, 26, leaves behind a grieving wife, 3-year-old daughter and others who remember him fondly. Widow Mecca Nelson describes the soldier as her soul mate, while others remember him as the go-to guy for sound advice. Friends say Nelson was always willing to help, which he showed by volunteering at Ground Zero after September 11th. His family says Nelson developed a strong sense of duty and love for America after emigrating from Haiti as a child.

Military representatives posthumously awarded Nelson a Purple Heart at his funeral at the Christian Cultural Center. Nelson was killed earlier this month in a rocket attack.

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