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Mourners pack church for soldier's funeral

A clergyman has eulogized a 23-year-old Army private killed outside an Arkansas recruiting center as a "seeker" who needed to find himself.
Image: Funeral for William Long
Daris Long, red cap, salutes the flag-drapped casket of his son, Army Pvt. William Long, at Arkansas Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, Ark., on Monday. Long's mother Janet Long, center, looks on and brother Triston Long, top left, salutes. Danny Johnston / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

About 200 mourners packed a Conway church Monday to pay respects to a 23-year-old Army private killed outside an Arkansas recruiting center.

Monday was the day William Long, who had just completed basic training, was supposed to deploy to South Korea.

Pastor John Harrington eulogized Long as a "seeker" who needed to find himself. The clergyman described Long as sharp and gifted.

Long was shot to death June 1 outside the Army-Navy Career Center in west Little Rock, where he had volunteered to tell others about his military experience. Another soldier was wounded in the attack.

Abdulhakim Muhammad, a Muslim convert who prosecutors allege was out to avenge mistreatment of Muslims, has pleaded not guilty to capital murder.

Judge Alice Lightle on Monday issued a gag order in the case at the request of prosecutors.

Jim Hensley, attorney for suspect Muhammad, said last week his client was influenced by hardened terrorists with whom he was jailed in Yemen.

Prosecutors allege Muhammad wanted to kill as many soldiers as he could because of harm he believed the military has done to Muslims.