OBERLIN — The body of Army Sgt. Louis R. Torres, who was fatally injured Aug. 6 in Afghanistan, was expected to return home this afternoon, and the public is invited to line the procession route.
The procession will begin at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at approximately 3:30 p.m. and arrive in Oberlin around 4:30 p.m., according to Tad Cowling of Cowling Funeral Home.
The route will be Interstate 480 and state Route 10, with the procession exiting at the state Route 511 exit.
The procession will travel westward on Route 511, also known as West Lorain Street, into Oberlin.
It will turn left onto South Professor Street and left again on South Street, ending at the funeral home at the corner of South and South Main streets.
Cowling, who attended high school with Torres’ mother, Armanda Ellis, said it is an honor to handle funeral arrangements for the young soldier.
Torres, 23, died Aug. 22 at San Antonio Military Medical Center after being injured in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
A 2008 graduate of the Lorain County Joint Vocational School, Torres was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Visitation is 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St. in Oberlin.
There will be a private service for family, friends and military members Friday at Rust United Methodist Church followed by burial in Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that assists wounded veterans in returning to civilian life.
For more information, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org. The address is Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256-9411.
Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or email@example.com.