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: Lady Gaga's Dogwalker Shot, Wounded In Hollywood, 2 French Bulldogs Stolen
“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: What A Dummy: Driver Busted In Baldwin Park Carpool Lane With Elaborately Detailed Mannequin In Passenger Seat
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: Chaos After Man Shot, Wounded During Argument Inside Gardena Target Store