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Woodbury, Minn., soldier, 24, to be laid to rest today

Flags in Minnesota are flying at half-staff today in honor of a 24-year-old Woodbury soldier who died earlier this month.

Ian Williams McConnell, an active duty Marine and 2005 Hill-Murray School graduate, died July 6, according to a news release from Gov. Mark Dayton's office. According to the release, McConnell served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, where he performed explosive ordinance disposal.

"Sgt. McConnell was compassionate and selfless and had a good sense of humor," according to a proclamation issued by Dayton.

His parents are Andy and Elizabeth McConnell. He will be laid to rest today at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery after a service in Stillwater.

The announcement does not state if McConnell died in combat.

He had recently been accepted into Marine Corps Special Operations Command, the release states.

Dayton's order, which went into effect Sunday afternoon, calls for all flags in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff at state and federal buildings until sunset today.