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Michael Johnson (football, safety)

'Grateful for a life of service'

'Grateful for a life of service'

Sgt. Brian R. Conner's funeral honored the many facets of his personality with a ceremony that was equal parts pageantry and remembrance. It honored Sgt. Conner, the Maryland Army National Guard soldier, whose dedication inspired even commanding officers. It honored Lt. Conner, the 12-year veteran of the Baltimore Fire Department. And, it honored Brian, devoted father, grandfather and motorcycle enthusiast, who gathered on Sundays with his riding partners for a weekly cookout. Yesterday, hundreds of mourners filled New Psalmist Baptist Church to honor Conner, 36, one of three soldiers of the 243rd Engineer Company of the Maryland Army National Guard killed two weeks ago in a Humvee...