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Hundreds expected at funeral for slain reporter
More than 400 friends, family and colleagues are expected to attend the funeral services for reporter Michelle Lang, the first Canadian reporter to be killed in Afghanistan, in her hometown of Vancouver Monday afternoon.
The 35-year-old award winning journalist was killed in a roadside bomb attack alongside four Canadian soldiers on Dec. 30. Lang was two weeks into a six-week assignment for CanWest News Service when she died.
Sgt. Kirk Taylor, one of the four soldiers killed alongside Lang, will be buried today in Yarmouth, N.S.
Taylor, 28, was a reservist who worked at a non-profit agency that helps disabled children and adults.
A funeral service for Pte. Garrett Chidley of Langley, B.C., will be held in Surrey Tuesday. Services for Cpl. Zachary McCormack and Sgt. George Miok, were held on Saturday.
Lang was engaged and planning to get married in the summer.
In a written statement released on New Year's Day, the Calgary journalist's fiance Michael Louie said he is still struggling to cope with her death.
"Those who had the privilege of knowing her professionally and personally will always remember her warmth, her kindness, and the positive impacts that she made wherever she went," he wrote.
"I will forever remember how deeply she touched my life and each and every moment that we spent together."
Services will be held in Vancouver's Italian Cultural Centre.