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Raleigh memorial set for Uganda bombing victim

Posted July 29, 2010 2:02 p.m. EDT

— A man with Raleigh ties who was killed during a bombing attack this month will be remembered next month in a memorial service.

Nathaniel Philip Henn, 25, a humanitarian worker from Delaware, was among 76 people killed July 11 in a pair of terrorist bombings in Kampala, Uganda.

His family, who lives in northwest Raleigh, has planned a service for 7 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Bayleaf Baptist Church, 12200 Bayleaf Church Road.

Henn will be buried in a private ceremony this weekend in Newark, Del., following a visitation Friday and memorial service there.

Henn worked for San Diego, Calif.-based Invisible Children, a nonprofit that tries to stop the abduction of children for use as soldiers, and left July 1 for a month-long stint in Uganda.

He was among a crowd watching the World Cup Final at a ruby club in Kampala when he was hit by shrapnel from one of the bomb blasts.

"Nate loved children. Christ blessed him at a young age with a heart for the oppressed," an obituary posted Thursday on the Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home website said.

Henn is survived by his parents, Bob and Julie, siblings Ryan, Kyle and Brynne, a niece and grandparents.

His brother, Kyle Henn, was among three people involved in a plane crash at a private plane crash at a Chapel Hill airport on July 12. He was en route to the Triangle to be with his family. The pilot of the plane, Thomas Pitts, 65, of Wilmington, Del., died in the crash; Kyle Henn suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.