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Exmouth funeral flypast for airman who died in Helmand

Senior Aircraftman Kinikki Griffiths
Image caption Airman Griffiths died in a road accident in Helmand province

The funeral has taken place for a Senior Aircraftman from Exmouth who died in Afghanistan.

Kinikki Griffiths, 20, of 1 Squadron RAF Regiment, was killed in a road accident while on patrol near Camp Bastion in Helmand province.

He was described as an "exceptional" member of the regiment, and died just a few weeks before his 21st birthday.

The funeral, which included a flypast by a Tornado jet, was held at St Margaret and St Andrew Church, Exmouth.

Suffolk-based Airman Griffiths was described as the "consummate professional gunner" by his colleagues.

Squadron Leader David Crook said: "He loved his job, took pride in his work, and gave his all to every task he was given.

"But more importantly, Kinikki was an affable, modest and thoughtful young man, who was a pleasure to know, and whom I had the privilege to command."

Family friend Bruce Simpson said: "We'll remember him as a hero because as far as we and the family are concerned, that's exactly what he is.

"He'll be remembered as a loving son and a true family hero."

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