Nebraskans mourn for Guardsman shot at IHOP

PIERCE, Neb. (AP) - Mourners lined the streets of a northeast Nebraska city Saturday to pay their respects to a Nevada National Guard member who was shot and killed in the Sept. 6 rampage at the IHOP restaurant in Carson City.

A funeral service for U.S. Army Master Sgt. Christian Riege was held at a church in Pierce. Riege's parents, the Rev. Lynn and Cheryl Riege, are former Pierce residents but now live in Page, where their son was buried later Saturday, the Norfolk Daily News reported.

Riege, 38, of Carson City, Nev., and two other Nevada National Guard soldiers were killed Sept. 6 when a gunman stormed the IHOP and opened fire with an assault rifle. Authorities said Eduardo Sencion, 32, had a history of mental problems and had been on long-term medication before the attack, which also left a civilian dead and seven people wounded. Two of the injured were also Guard members.

The eight-minute rampage ended with Sencion killing himself in the parking lot, authorities said.

The other two National Guard members killed in the rampage were Lt. Col. Heath Kelly, 35, and Sgt. 1st Class Miranda McElhiney, 31.

Florence Donovan-Gunderson, 67, of South Lake Tahoe also died in the shooting. Her husband, retired Marine Wally Gunderson, was among the injured.


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