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Capt. Chris Norgren funeral Friday open to public, though seating limited

McConnell Air Force Base personnel stand in salute as an Honor Guard leads a procession carrying the body of Marine Captain Chris Norgren off the base on Tuesday.
McConnell Air Force Base personnel stand in salute as an Honor Guard leads a procession carrying the body of Marine Captain Chris Norgren off the base on Tuesday. The Wichita Eagle

Editor's note: An earlier version contained incorrect directions about the funeral procession's route to the cemetery.



A delegation from Nepal is expected to be among the crowd gathered Friday for the funeral of Marine Capt. Chris Norgren in west Wichita.

The funeral, which will be at 10:30 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, is open to the public, though seating will be limited, said Leticia Nielsen, president of Bishop Carroll High School. Norgren, 31, was killed when a Marine helicopter he was on crashed on May 12 while delivering disaster relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nepal. He graduated from Carroll in 2002.

Those who are unable to attend the funeral Mass at the church near 37th and Ridge Road but want to pay their respects can line the route that will be taken by the funeral procession to Resurrection Cemetery, Nielsen said. The Mass is expected to conclude at 11:45 a.m.

The procession will travel from the church south on Ridge Road to 13th, then west to Maize Road before continuing north on Maize to the cemetery. People can stand along the route and hold an American flag, Nielsen said.

Bishop Carroll is providing three school buses to transport funeral attendees to the cemetery in an effort to reduce traffic congestion, Nielsen said.

Norgren was one of six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers killed in the crash. The Marine Corps honored the Marines killed in the crash with a memorial ceremony Wednesday on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego.

An investigation into the cause of the crash continues. The Marines were helping with humanitarian efforts after recent earthquakes in Nepal that killed more than 8,600 people.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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