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.

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.