Burial set for American killed fighting Islamic State

Kurdish women, one waving a flag of the outlawed Kurdish rebel group, the PKK, applaud while lining the road, as the convoy carrying the body of U.S. citizen Keith Broomfield, killed in fighting with the militants of the Islamic State group in Kobani, Syria, is driven by through Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Broomfield, 20 from Massachusetts, died June 3 in battle in a Syrian village near Kobani, making him likely the first U.S. citizen to die fighting alongside Kurds against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Kurdish women, one waving a flag of the outlawed Kurdish rebel group, the PKK, applaud while lining the road, as the convoy carrying the body of U.S. citizen Keith Broomfield, killed in fighting with the militants of the Islamic State group in Kobani, Syria, is driven by through Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Broomfield, 20 from Massachusetts, died June 3 in battle in a Syrian village near Kobani, making him likely the first U.S. citizen to die fighting alongside Kurds against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

BOSTON (AP) – Funeral arrangements have been set for a Massachusetts man killed in Syria while fighting the Islamic State group.

Keith Broomfield, who had no military training, is believed to be the first U.S. citizen to die fighting alongside Kurdish forces against ISIS.

An obituary says Broomfield, 36, of Westminster, will be buried Wednesday at a private ceremony following a morning funeral at Grace Baptist Church in Hudson.

A wake will be held Tuesday at the church from 4 to 7 p.m.

Broomfield, a plant manager at his family’s Bolton-based business, Broomfield Labs Inc., died June 3. His body arrived in Boston Saturday and was brought to Tighe Hamilton Funeral Home in Hudson.

The obituary says he died “in defense of those being persecuted for their Christian faith.”

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