The Mass for Army Staff Sgt. Edwin H. DazaChacon, 38, was held at 11 a.m. at St. Teresa Catholic Church at 1201 Lebanon Ave. and was open to the public.
His remains were cremated and a funeral held on Feb. 23 at Fort Bragg, N.C.
The Colombia-born soldier was a member of the Army's 7th Special Forces Group based out of Fort Bragg. DazaChacon was killed Feb. 13 when the Humvee in which he was riding ran over a bomb in the mountainous area near Deh Rawod in the southern part of the country. After the vehicle was disabled by the bomb, insurgents peppered the soldiers with rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire. Four members of DazaChacon's unit died in the incident.
He had only been in Afghanistan for about a month when he was killed. He is the first soldier from the metro-east to die in Afghanistan.
DazaChacon joined the National Guard after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Before he left for Afghanistan, he was a fleet director for Southwestern Bell in St. Louis.....Click title for link