Dropkick Murphys honor fallen Massachusetts Marine

Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan
photo Members of the Dropkick Murphys are, from left, Tim Brennan, Al Barr, Ken Casey, James Lynch, Josh "Scruffy" Wallace, Jeff DaRosa and Matt Kelly.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Friends and family of the Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman in Tennessee celebrated his life in raucous fashion with a show by the Dropkick Murphys.

The Boston-area rockers were Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan's favorite band, and they played a tribute show Monday night at a packed Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, the Springfield pub owned by Sullivan's brother, Joseph.

The Republican newspaper reports that Dropkick Murphys band member Ken Casey said at the show that while they did not know Sullivan personally, they were thrilled to do their part to honor the fallen Marine.

The rock show came at the end of a somber day that included a funeral Mass and a burial for Sullivan.

Sullivan was one of five service members killed July 16 in Chattanooga.