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December 21, 2007. Charlotte, NC.. A funeral was held for Cpl. Joshua C. Blaney in Charlotte, NC. Cpl. Blaney died on December 12 from injuries sustained when an IED exploded near his vehicle in Afghanistan. He was 25.. Cpl. Blaney's coffin is loaded into a hearse headed for the cemetery after services at Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Members of the patriot Guard, a motorcycle group founded to protect the funerals of fallen soldiers from protesters, line the sidewalk.