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Dozens gather at St. Leo Catholic Church in Bonita Springs for the wake of fallen solder Sgt. Marc Scialdo. / Guy Tubbs/news-press.com
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Dozens have gathered to pay their respects to Sgt. Marc Scialdo at St. Leo Catholic Church tonight in Bonita Springs.

The wake ends at 8 p.m.

Scialdo, a former Naples resident, was killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan on March 11. He will be laid to rest Friday in Naples.

His body arrived to the Naples airport earlier today.

Scialdo, 31, served in the U.S. Army. He is the 14th Southwest Floridian killed in Afghanistan since 2002.

A procession taking the body to Bonita Springs began on Airport-Pulling Road North from the city airport, then left on Golden Gate Parkway then right on U.S. 41 North to Bonita Springs.

On Friday, the funeral service begins at 10 a.m. at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave. N., Naples.

Scialdo will be laid to rest with full military honors at Palm Royale Cemetery Mausoleum, 6780 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard will escort Scialdo's body to Naples along the following route:

The procession will leave Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home, 28300 U.S. 41, Bonita Springs, at 9: 30 a.m. and travel south on U.S. 41 to Collier County. The procession will then turn west (right) onto 111th Avenue North and continue to St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave N., for the 10 a.m. service.

The estimated time for the service to end is 11:30 a.m. At that time the Honor Guard and the procession will travel east on 111th Avenue North, continuing on that road after it becomes Immokalee Road.

From Immokalee Road, the procession will turn south (right) on Livingston Road, continuing on Livingston until it reaches Vanderbilt Beach Road. The procession will then turn east (left) onto Vanderbilt Beach Road and continue to Staff Sgt. Scialdo’s final resting place, Palm Royale Cemetery, 6780 Vanderbilt Beach Road.

Affected intersections will be shut down briefly as the procession passes through.

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