Wake held for American killed fighting Islamic State group

HUDSON, Mass. (AP) — Friends and family are arriving at the Massachusetts wake of an American killed while fighting the Islamic State group in Syria.

Clergy members and police officers are directing mourners into the wake for 36-year-old Keith Broomfield at Grace Baptist Church in Hudson. Broomfield, who had no military training, is believed to be the first U.S. citizen to die fighting alongside Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group.

He’ll be buried Wednesday during a private ceremony following a morning funeral.

Kurdish officials have said Broomfield died in battle in a Syrian village near the town of Kobani on the Turkish border. He joined a Syrian Kurdish militia fighting the Islamic State group on Feb. 24.

Photos: Kurds bid farewell to Keith Broomfield » (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Photos: Kurds bid farewell to Keith Broomfield » (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

His obituary says “his heart was for the protection of the innocence of Kurdish women and children.”

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