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Funeral Held For Newark Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center right, walks next to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, left, and New Jersey National Guard Major General Glenn Rieth, right, as they follow behind pallbearers carrying the casket of Staff Sgt. Jorge Oliveira after a service at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center right, walks next to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, left, and New Jersey National Guard Major General Glenn Rieth, right, as they follow behind pallbearers carrying the casket of Staff Sgt. Jorge Oliveira after a service at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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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