Body of Abington Marine returning home New Year's Eve
ABINGTON, Mass. (AP) - A U.S. Marine sergeant from Abington killed in Afghanistan is coming home on New Year's Eve.
The body of Sgt. Daniel Vasselian is scheduled to return to Massachusetts on Dec. 31. Abington Police are asking residents to line the streets when his procession passes by between 10:45 and 11:30 a.m. He will be driven by his family home on Adams Street and then taken to the Quealy and Son Funeral Home at 116 Adams St.
Visiting hours are set for New Year's Day at Quealy and Son Funeral Home in Abington.
A funeral Mass is scheduled for Jan. 2 at 8 a.m. at St. Bridget Church in Abington followed by burial at Mount Vernon Cemetery. Police are also asking that residents line the streets of Abington on the morning of the funeral. Those who would like to hold a flag while the procession passes by can pick one up at the police department or fire department.
The 27-year-old Vasselian was killed in combat in Helmand province on Monday.
Vasselian had just celebrated his fourth wedding anniversary on Dec. 19. His wife's friend set up a GoFundMe page for the family.
The police department will be providing updates regarding the services and road closures via social media. You can follow them on Twitter @AbingtonPDMass, or send a friend request the department on Facebook.