Grim Homecoming

Tulsa, OK – Remains of Okla. soldier to return to Tulsa

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The body of an Oklahoma soldier killed in Afghanistan is returning home.

The Oklahoma National Guard says the remains of 26-year-old Sgt. Christopher Gailey of Ochelata will arrive Wednesday at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base.

Gailey and 19-year-old Sarina Butcher of Checotah were killed on Nov. 1 when a bomb was detonated near their military vehicle. Both were members of the Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and were based in Sand Springs.

A graduate of Caney Valley High School in Ramona, Gailey had previously deployed to Iraq in 2007.

His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Bartlesville.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.