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Second Wisconsin Guard member suspended over controversial photo

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A second Wisconsin National Guard soldier has been suspended from a funeral honors unit, for an Internet photo showing happy and smiling soldiers around a flag-draped casket.

The Guard said Wednesday that Sergeant Luis Jimenez went on social media to defend the posting of the controversial picture. So he's been relieved of his duties with the unit that helps conduct funeral services around the state for fallen troops.

Jimenez remains in the Guard full-time in Madison.

Tuesday, the Guard said Specialist Terry Harrison was suspended for posting the controversial photo on Instagram. Jimenez was Harrison's task leader.

Members of other units were reported to be in the photo, which the Guard said was taken at a training site in Arkansas. The casket was empty at the time.

The Wisconsin Guard condemned the photo, and is investigating the matter.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)