Local Soldier Laid to Rest

April 15, 2011 Updated Apr 15, 2011 at 8:01 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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April 15, 2011 Updated Apr 15, 2011 at 8:01 PM EDT

(Tonawanda, N.Y.) 26-year old Army Staff Sergeant Michael Lammerts died on April 4th while on duty in Afghanistan.

It happened when an Afghan Border Policeman suddenly opened fire on Lammerts, and another soldier, while they were outside a meeting of US and Afghan officials.

The gunman was later tracked down by coalition forces and killed when he displayed "hostile intent."

Friday morning, hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to the fallen soldier.

After a funeral service at the Amigone Funeral home on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda, the body of Staff Sergeant Lammerts was taken for a private burial service with full military honors at Elmlawn Cemetery in Tonawanda.

Along the funeral route, hundreds of people lined up to pay their respects. The most impressive being nearly 600 students from Hoover Elementary and Middle schools.

The kids lined both sides of Sheridan Drive and crowded into an overpass. When the funeral procession drove past them, they fell silent while holding up American flags and signs of support.

Staff Sergeant Michael Lammerts leaves behind a wife, Melissa, and two young children, Savannah and Michael II.

A memorial fund has been established for the deceased soldier's children through Citizens Bank.