Funeral Held For Newark Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hundreds of police and soldiers gathered at Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Friday to honor a New Jersey National Guardsman killed in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Jorge Oliveira was killed by an improvised explosive during an attack near the Afghan-Pakistan border on October 19. He was 33-years-old.

Oliveira, a native of Portugal and Newark resident, was also an officer with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department in New Jersey.

Oliveira joined the National Guard in 2003.

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Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, center right, consoles a Armanda Oliveira during funeral services for her son, Staff Sgt. Jorge Oliveira at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

He was assigned to the Security Forces Platoon of the 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, which deployed in June. He was on his third tour in Afghanistan and was planning to come home in March.

Gov. Chris Christie called the fallen solider “an American patriot committed to the great virtues and principles of our country.”

Oliveira lived in Newark’s Ironbound section with his parents and brother.

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  • Escobar

    I am a former 2nd 113Inf. soldier from company B. and knew you when you came in the guard. I have regret to see you go so soon brother. May God have mercy over your soul and bless your family. Today the Army lost a good leader but heaven gained an excellent soldier.

    Seize The day. Hoah !!

  • Rosa

    What a terrible loss. I did not know him personally but know people who did. He was a wonderful human being. I am proud of my Portuguese brother. I can’t imagine what his family must be going thru but I hope God gives them the courage they need. God Bless his family.

    • ricky

      well said Rosa. I echoed everything you said; and wish the family godspeed.

  • joe

    Rest in peace my Portuguese brother….we need to bring home our troops!

  • LG

    The saddest part is that ALL of those deaths are in absolute VAIN!!! The moment that the last American leaves Afghanistan it will go back to the way it was before.

  • denise

    How many more ?

  • nadia

    God bless him….

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