Murdered Radcliff man to receive military funeral
A 71-year-old U.S. Army veteran was senselessly murdered in Radcliff. Now a city is coming together to make sure he's buried with all the honor and dignity he deserves.
RADCLIFF, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 71-year-old U.S. Army veteran was senselessly murdered in Radcliff. Now a city is coming together to make sure he's buried with all the honor and dignity he deserves.
When city officials could not track down any family for 71-year-old Norman Hall, they decided to make sure he would have a proper burial. Hall, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Army, will be buried at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Radcliff, with full military honors, on Oct. 12, at 11 a.m.
Hardin County Commonwealth Attorney Shane Young says he knows very little about Hall, but he knows Hall didn't deserve to die the way he did.
"There was blunt force trauma to his head, as well as a stab wound," said Young.
Two suspects were arrested, including an underage female and 23-year-old Aaron Pearson. Police believe they knew the victim, and were at Hall's apartment to steal.
"It never should happen, but it's particularly sad when you have an individual who's leading a law-abiding life and lived their life with dignity -- they've served our country, they've served our community -- and have your life cut short by criminals? It's awful."
The coroner could not track down family, and feared Hall would be buried a pauper. But Young did some digging and found Hall's discharge papers. Hall served in the U.S. Army for 22 years with a slew of honors, and worked to attain the rank of Sergeant Major.
"[He] not only joined the military, served overseas, served more-than-likely in a combat environment...I can't imagine you would have 10 campaign deployments in Vietnam and not see some action," said Young.
Two of Hall's cousins were eventually found in Somerset, Kentucky. Donations from the coroner, police, prosecutor, the cemetery and a funeral home are making it happen.
"If anyone is a veteran or interested in coming out, we'd really appreciate it," Young said. "It will be great to have him sent off in a proper and respectful manner."
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