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Fallen soldier returns to Greer

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Dennis Hicks holds a photo of his nephew Sgt. Bo Hicks. (Nov. 20, 2012/FOX Carolina) Dennis Hicks holds a photo of his nephew Sgt. Bo Hicks. (Nov. 20, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Hicks' is honored upon his remains' arrival at GSP. (Nov. 26, 2012/FOX Carolina) Hicks' is honored upon his remains' arrival at GSP. (Nov. 26, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The body of an Upstate soldier killed in Afghanistan returned to Greer Monday afternoon.

Greer native Sgt. Channing "Bo" Hicks' remains arrived at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport at 2 p.m. and were transported through downtown Greer during a tribute parade.

Those wanting to show their support lined the streets, waving flags along downtown as Patriot Guard Riders escorted his body to Woods Mortuary on West Poinsett Street.

Hicks, 24, was killed on Nov. 16 when his unit was attacked with explosives and small arms fire, according to Department of Defense officials.

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His family told FOX Carolina that Hicks was in ninth grade, just after 9/11, when he set his mind on joining the Army, and nothing was going to stop him. Hicks graduated from Greer High School in 2006 where he played football. He was the father of two children, ages 6 and 7.

"When most high school seniors graduate they go to the beach and have fun," said Hicks' uncle, Dennis Hicks. "Bo, when he graduated, eight days later he went to basic training, that's how serious and dedicated he was."

Hicks' visitation is scheduled for Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fairview Baptist Church in Greer and his funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the church.

Hicks will be buried with full military honors at the Wood Memorial Park on Gap Greek Road in Duncan.

Twenty-three-year-old Spc. Joseph Richardson, of Arkansas, was killed in the same attacks as Hicks. Both men were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, KS.

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