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Bolton man killed fighting Islamic State in Syria will be remembered at funeral Wednesday

The family of Keith Broomfield spoke to reporters about him outside of the family's business offices in Bolton. His father Tom Broomfield is pictured. Broomfield's sister Corinne Maleski is at right and his brother David Broomfield is at left.Jim Davis/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Keith Broomfield.

A Bolton man killed while fighting against the Islamic State in Syria will be remembered in a funeral service Wednesday in a Hudson church.

The service for Keith Broomfield, 36, who was killed in skirmish between Islamic State fighters and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Baptist Church in Hudson. Burial services will be private. Calling hours will be held at the church Tuesday, from 4 to 7 p.m.

“We are grieving, each in their own way, but we are also amazed at all the ways God is giving us peace and comfort,” said Broomfield’s sister, Corinne Maleski, in an e-mail Sunday.


The family is requesting that anyone who wishes to make a donation in Broomfield’s memory, give to Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that provides relief aid around the world.

Little information has been released about Broomfield’s death, according to reports. A statement by the Kurdish group hailed him as a martyr, and hundreds gathered near the Turkish border to honor him as his casket was carried through the streets.

Broomfield’s body was returned to Massachusetts Saturday evening, according to Maleski, who said she and her family were grateful for the respect they were shown by the people of Kurdistan.

“We would like to thank everyone involved with his safe transport and especially the people of Kurdistan for showing him such respect,” Maleski said in an e-mail Saturday.

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