Body of soldier killed in Jordan returned to hometown Kirksville, Mo

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. -- Family, friends and a community bid farewell to a fallen soldier on Friday. The body of Sergeant First Class Matthew Lewellen returned to his hometown on Wednesday. The 27-year-old Green Beret was killed November 4th while serving in Jordan.

Three U.S. Army sergeants — Kevin McEnroe, Matthew Lewellen and James Moriarty from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Fort Campbell, Kentucky — were killed in the shooting outside the base in southern Jordan.

Sgt. Lewellen was a 2007 graduate of Kirksville High school where he was prom king and a star football and track athlete.

He joined the U.S. Army in 2010 after attending Truman State University and the University of Kansas.

This was his second deployment to Jordan. His funeral will be held Saturday morning and he will then be buried with full military honors at the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Embassy spokesman Eric Barbee says U.S. investigators are considering all possible motives and "have not yet ruled out terrorism as a potential motive."

After the shooting, Jordan's state media reported that the slain American trainers had sparked a firefight by disobeying direct orders from the Jordanians.

Barbee told The Associated Press on Thursday that there's "absolutely no credible evidence" for this claim.

Click here to read more about Lewellen from the Kirksville Daily Express.

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