Body of soldier comes home

Staff reports

The body of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan earlier this month arrived in western New York Monday, June 13 escorted home by a procession that included 150 Patriot Guard motorcyclists.

A plane carrying the body of Army Sgt. Devin Snyder arrived late Monday morning at Rochester International Airport. Bystanders holding flags lined an airport road as the hearse bearing the casket drove past.

The procession traveled 40 miles south and arrived around 1:30 p.m. in Wayland.

A 2008 graduate of Wayland-Cohocton High School, Snyder came from a family with strong ties to military service. Her father, Edward Snyder, is a U.S. Navy veteran, and two of her siblings, Natasha Snyder, 23, and Damien Snyder, 19, are serving in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army, respectively.

Snyder is survived by her parents, Ed and Dineen Snyder; two brothers, Derek (Mariah) Snyder, 28, and Damien Snyder, 19; a sister, Natasha Snyder, 23; and a niece, Ariel.

Snyder, 20, was one of four soldiers killed June 4 in Laghman province when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.

Calling hours were 1-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Walter E. Baird Funeral Home, 300 W. Naples St.

Services were 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cohocton Sports Complex of the Wayland-Cohocton Central School District.

Sgt. Devin Snyder’s casket is carried into the Walter E. Baird and Sons Funeral Home Monday afternoon in Cohocton. Snyder’s funeral was Saturday, June 18.