MURRIETA ( — 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.

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“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.

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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.

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A GoFundMe page has been created to raise money to help support the two young sons and wife Seaman leaves behind. Click here to help his family.