Funeral service for Tillman will be private

Updated: April 30, 2004, 2:37 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals' safety-turned-soldier who was killed Thursday in Afghanistan, will be eulogized at a public memorial service in his hometown of San Jose, Calif., early next week.

A public memorial has been scheduled for next Monday at 3 p.m. PT in San Jose, Calif. The funeral service in San Jose will be private and no further information will be released.

The body of Tillman arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Monday.

Tillman's family didn't release what funeral home the body would be taken to, said Shari Lawrence, a spokeswoman for the Army Human Resources Command.

Tillman, the San Jose, Calif., native who gave up his NFL career to join the Army Rangers in 2002, was killed in combat Thursday in Afghanistan.

His brother, Spc. Kevin Tillman, also a Ranger with the 2nd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment, was expected to accompany the body to the funeral home, Lawrence said.

Funeral arrangements were pending for the 27-year-old former Cardinals player who was a star at Arizona State before being drafted by Arizona.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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