Body of RI soldier returned

Spc. Matthew R. Turcotte

By: News Staff


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NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WLNE) — The family of a Rhode Island soldier who was killed in a training accident in Colorado is now preparing to say their final goodbyes to their son.

The body of 20-year-old Matthew Turcotte arrived at T.F. Green Thursday night ahead of Saturday’s services.

State police escorted Turcotte’s body from T.F. Green to North Smithfield Thursday night.

The procession shut down parts of the highway. A picture from the Rhode Island DOT’s traffic camera shows part of the procession down 95 and 295.

Turcotte, a 2015 graduate of North Smithfield High School, was accidentally shot and killed during a gun fire exercise at the Fort Carson Army base in Colorado last week.

Turcotte will be laid to rest on Saturday following his funeral mass at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence.

In his 2 years of service, he earned several honors including an overseas ribbon and NATO medal.

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