Celebration of Life Service for Overland Park Soldier and Hero

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Family and friends held a Celebration of Life service Tuesday morning to remember Sgt. Michael Knapp, the husband and father from Overland Park killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

They gathered at Legacy Christian Church on Antioch Road to remember their beloved.

Knapp, 28, was killed on May 18 when his unit was attacked by enemy rockets. He was on his third tour of duty. He left behind his wife, Abby, and nine-month-old daughter, Kinsley.

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"He truly loved my daughter, inside and outside and all the ways that counted," said Tom Brassfield, Sgt. Knapp's father-in-law on Monday.

Brassfield said Knapp's death is like a bad dream.

"Since he was already away, it's like he can still come back," he said.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback ordered all flags be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday.

"He just truly loved being the soldier that he was," Brassfield said.

Sgt. Knapp was a highly decorated soldier, receiving a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart during his military career.

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