Funeral held for fallen solider Gabriel Conde of Loveland

Posted at 11:48 AM, May 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-12 19:15:39-04

LOVELAND, Colo. — A community is mourning, and a family is stricken with grief as a Loveland soldier is laid to rest Saturday. 

Funeral services for U.S. Army Spc. Gabriel Conde was held at the LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont.

The 22-year-old was killed in a combat operation in Afghanistan on April 30.  

He was part of the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based in Alaska.

Watch the entire service in the player below:

Conde's family members shared poems and songs as they remembered the Army airborne infantryman Saturday.

Mourners stood and the Battle Hymn of the Republic played as Conde's flag-draped coffin was led out of the church after the service.

His body made its way back to Colorado on Friday. The town of Berthoud lined its streets with American flags along the route Conde’s body took as it made its way from an airport in Loveland to Longmont. 

GALLERY | Hundreds line streets to say goodbye to Army Spc. Gabriel Conde

Gabe was born in Missouri and his family moved to Colorado when he entered the 8th grade in Berthoud.  From the time he was a little boy, he went nowhere without his white hat. It was his trademark Colorado look. That, along with his cowboy boots.

He will be buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver in a private ceremony Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.