Funeral services for Laurel Marine scheduled for July 3

Funeral services for Lance Cpl. Eugene C. Mills III are scheduled for Tuesday, July 3 at 11 a.m. at Grace Community Church, 8200 Old Columbia Pike, in Fulton. The 21-year-old Laurel resident was killed in Afghanistan June 22.

Mills, known as "Little Gene," died after being shot in the chest during a firefight in Afghanistan's Helmond Province, his father, Eugene Mills II, said. Mills said his son was scheduled to return home in August.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Mills' honor to the Wounded Warrior Project.

After the funeral service, Mills' body will be returned to Gary Kaufman Funeral Home in Elkridge until burial at Arlington National Cemetery on July 11. A luncheon at the church will follow the funeral ceremony.

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