CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Flags have been lowered to half-staff around New Hampshire in honor of a Marine from Manchester who was killed in Afghanistan and is being buried at the State Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen.

Twenty-eight-year-old Marine Cpl. Michael Ouellette was killed March 22 while supporting combat operations in the Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. His mother said he was killed by an improvised explosive device.

Ouellette, a 1999 graduate of Memorial High School in Manchester, joined the Marines in 2005. He was deployed to Afghanistan in November after two deployments to Iraq.

More than 400 people paid their respects to Ouellette Sunday night at a Manchester funeral home.

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