Just after noon on Thursday, U.S. Army Pfc. Shane Cantu's body arrived at Bishop International Airport in Flint.
Cantu was fatally injured when his base was attacked last week in Afghanistan.
The family, friends, state troopers and dozens of motorcyclists belonging to an organization known as the Patriot Guard lead a procession from the airport into downtown Owosso.
Along the route, supporters lined streets in Corunna, his hometown, and in nearby Owosso.
As the procession approached Nelson's House Funeral Home in Owosso, supporters waved flags in silence and held their right hands over their hearts.
"His sacrifice is, you know, the first one from here… it means a lot to all of us," said Clare Goff, who attended the same church as Cantu.
The admiration was also strong from those who never met him.
"I didn't know Shane, but he served our country… it chokes me up," said Kevin Brown, a veteran from Owosso. "And he deserves to have the respect that that brings when you serve your country," Brown added.
Cantu was only a few weeks into his first deployment in Afghanistan when he was killed.
The Funeral will be held Monday at 5p.m. at the Corunna High School Football field.
Visitation will be held Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Nelson-House Funeral Home, 120 E. Mason Street, Owosso.
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