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Funeral held for St. Petersburg soldier

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Florida soldier who died while serving in Afghanistan was laid to rest.

The funeral for Army Spc. Brittany Gordon was held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church.

Gordon is the daughter of St. Petersburg's assistant police chief.

She's also the first female soldier from the area to die in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Gordon joined the military in 2010 after attending the University of Florida and St. Petersburg College. She worked as an intelligence analyst and was on her first deployment to Afghanistan. Officials say Gordon was among a group delivering furniture to an intelligence office in Afghanistan when she was attacked. An Afghan intelligence officer wore a suicide vest beneath his uniform and detonated it shortly after the delegation arrived.

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