Funeral services announced for fallen Maryland soldier

Funeral services have been set for the Army staff sergeant from Harford County who was killed earlier this month in Afghanistan.

A visitation for Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar of Edgewood will be held at an Abingdon funeral home on May 8. A funeral Mass will be celebrated the following day at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Abingdon.

De Alencar will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on May 10.

Military officials said the 37-year-old De Alencar was part of an operation against Islamic State militants in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province. He died April 8 of wounds sustained when his unit encountered enemy small arms fire.

De Alencar was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

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