MURRIETA (CBSLA.com) — Friends and family gathered to welcome a fallen Marine home Wednesday evening.
The community was encouraged to stand along the 70-mile route and pay their respects as Sgt. Eric Seaman’s body was carried from the airport to his hometown of Murrieta.READ MORE: Massive Rescue Effort Underway After Multi-Story Building Partially Collapses In South Florida
“I’m just here to welcome my uncle home. Not the way we intended to, but he’s finally home,” Hope McCormick said while choking back tears.READ MORE: Newport Beach, Long Beach And Other OC Communities Brace For Incoming High Tides And Potential Flooding
In an emotional procession through Murrieta, thousands lined the streets waving American flags and saluting Sgt. Seaman. He was one of six Marines killed when a Camp Pendleton-based helipcopter crashed in the Nepal mountains as they dropped off food in villages devastated by a massive earthquake.MORE NEWS: Man Accused Of Impregnating 15-Year-Old Girl