Loved ones bury Missouri contractor kidnapped in Iraq

Friday, April 4, 2008

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) -- A steady stream of friends and family pay their final respects to a Missouri man kidnapped and killed in Iraq while working as a security contractor.

John Roy Young was laid to rest in his hometown Friday after his remains were returned early this week. Sixteen months ago he was abducted while escorting a convoy in Iraq.

The 45-year-old Young, who grew up in the Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit, was described as a man with a good sense of humor who was willing to help friends, family and anyone else who needed a hand.

Members of the Patriot Guard arrived, some as early as 3 hours before the funeral, to stand in honor of Young.

Young's family learned last month that he was dead and that his remains had been recovered.

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