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Saturday, August 8, Aberdeen, NC..A memorial service was held for Brent Gray, a former special forces soldier and private contractor killed in Iraq on August 18, 2006, at Bethesda Cemetery. After the cemetery, the memorial was continued at a favorite bar of Mr. Gray in nearby Southern Pines.. Photographs and memorial bracelets  were placed on the bar in honor of Mr. Gray and Edmund Brewer, another contractor killed in the same incident. The ring above Mr. Gray's head in the photo at left is a smoke ring caused by the demolition of munitions.