Army SSgt. Ricardo Seija Procession today for first of two local soldiers killed in attack

1:10 PM, Jul 17, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- It is a solemn day in Tampa Bay as the body of Army SSgt. Ricardo Seija, the first of two local soldiers who gave their lives for our country, comes home to his grieving family.

Two from Tampa Bay were lost in a single attack. Starting this morning, they come back home to be laid to rest.

An honor escort led the remains of Army Staff Sergeant Ricardo Seija through Tampa starting late Tuesday morning, after his body arrived by plane at MacDill Air Force Base.

Seija, who was 31, joined the Army after attending Leto High School. He was killed last week when a roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan.

Another of our brave neighbors was also killed in that IED attack. Army Specialist Clarence Williams III was just 23 and a graduate of Hernando High School in Brooksville.

Four other Americans died with them in that attack in Afghanistan on July 8th.

Williams' remains will receive a similar procession through Tampa and the Bay Area's northern counties to honor his sacrifice on Wednesday morning.

SSgt. Seija's escort traveled north along Bayshore Boulevard and pass through Downtown Tampa on Platt Street, Florida Avenue, Jackson Street, and Jefferson Street.

After traveling north on Interstate 275, the procession exited at Sligh Avenue and headed down Manhattan Avenue, Broad Street, and finally north on Dale Mabry Highway.

Near Florida Hospital Carrollwood, the escort will deliver Seija's body to the Gonzalez Funeral Home, where he will be remembered in a private family service.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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