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Mourners gather for funeral of American killed fighting Islamic State; US Kurds show support

  • Necati Yuzbasioglu, of Manville, R.I., background left, talks with Ben Douthwaite, of Delaware, beside pictures of Keith Broomfield, foreground right, and Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan outside Grace Baptist Church in Hudson, Mass., Wednesday, June 17, 2015, before the funeral service for Broomfield. Broomfield was killed in Syria while fighting the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Necati Yuzbasioglu, of Manville, R.I., background left, talks with Ben Douthwaite, of Delaware, beside pictures of Keith¬†Broomfield, foreground right, and Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan outside Grace Baptist Church in Hudson, Mass., Wednesday, June 17, 2015, before the funeral service for Broomfield. Broomfield was killed in Syria while fighting the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pallbearers carry the casket with Keith Broomfield's remains into Grace Baptist Church in Hudson, Mass., during his funeral, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Broomfield was killed in Syria while fighting the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Pallbearers carry the casket with Keith Broomfield's remains into Grace Baptist Church in Hudson, Mass., during his funeral, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Broomfield was killed in Syria while fighting the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mourners gather outside Grace Baptist Church in Hudson, Mass., Wednesday, June 17, 2015, prior to the funeral for Keith Broomfield, who was killed in Syria while fighting the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Mourners gather outside Grace Baptist Church in Hudson, Mass., Wednesday, June 17, 2015, prior to the funeral for Keith Broomfield, who was killed in Syria while fighting the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)  (The Associated Press)

Friends and family are gathering for the funeral of the first American believed to have been killed fighting the Islamic State group alongside Kurdish forces.

Keith Broomfield, a U.S. citizen who had no military training, died after traveling to join the fight in Syria.

Among those gathered at Grace Baptist Church in Hudson on Wednesday is a group from the New England Kurdish Association.

Abdul Tammo, of Hartford, Connecticut, says they're supporting Broomfield because he "passed away in our land for us."

Funeral organizers said they expect attendance to surpass 500. A photo distributed to mourners shows Broomfield on a motorcycle that is now parked in the church's foyer.

The 36-year-old Broomfield, who was raised in Bolton and lived in Westminster, will be buried at a private ceremony.