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A 'Peacemaker' Is Laid to Rest

"He was always a peacemaker," Khizr Khan said, "always seeing an opportunity to give. He always said to the Iraqis, 'We're here not to hurt you but to help you.' "

Auer said her boyfriend enjoyed taking responsibility for others and always respected those around him.

"Whenever I was upset, he always found the right words. He always calmed me down," she said. "He was perfect. He was the most wonderful person I've ever met."

Khan had hoped one day to go to the University of Virginia law school, his father said. He wanted to be a military lawyer and joined up four years ago in part to pay for law school. His stint was up last month, but because of the Army's efforts to stem its manpower losses, he was assigned to Iraq indefinitely.

Khan, who was born in the United Arab Emirates, moved to Silver Spring at age 2. He graduated from Kennedy High School in 1996 and the University of Virginia in 2000.

Yesterday, he received full military honors. Lt. Col. Kenneth Kerr, an Army chaplain, read a letter written by Khan's commanding officer, Lt. Col. Dan Mitchell.

"He died selflessly and courageously, tackling the enemy head on," Mitchell wrote. "We will not forget him and the noble ideas he stood for."

Khan was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

Sgt. 1st Class Robert J. Mogensen of Leesville, La., was also buried yesterday at Arlington. He was a member of the Army's Special Forces who was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on May 29. His funeral was closed to the media, cemetery officials said.

Staff researcher Bobbye Pratt contributed to this report.


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