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Hundreds turned out to pay tribute to a soldier from Washington killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.
23-year-old Richard Walker, who served with the Royal Engineers, had been preparing the base for handover to the Afghan National Army.
Sapper Walker's Commanding Officer spoke about how the regiment were still in disbelief that he was gone.
A soldier from Leeds shot in Afghanistan in an insider attack has been laid to rest in a military funeral today.
Sapper Richard Walker was described as an amazing soldier, a great friend and a devoted father to his daughter Lilly-Faith.
The 23-year-old was serving with 28 Engineer Regiment on his first deployment to the country when an Afghan soldier turned his weapon on him and other soldiers earlier this month.
A funeral will be held today for a North East soldier shot dead by a member of the Afghan National Army. Sapper Richard Walker, from Washington, was described by his family as a "proud, patriotic man, who died doing the job he loved."
Sapper Walker was killed and six others injured when the Afghan soldier opened fire on international and ANA troops. He leaves behind 18 month old Lilly-Faith. A funeral service will be held at 10.30am at Our Lady Blessed Immaculate church in Washington.