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Thousands in Crisp County honor fallen Marine

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

CORDELE, GA (WALB) –Thousands of people stood roadside in Cordele today as the body of fallen Marine Coty Sockalosky was brought home.

The 21-year old Marine was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. Tonight, his hometown is preparing for a hero's funeral.

Thousands of people lined the streets, for the arrival of Coty Sockalosky, a United States Marine, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country...his life. "I really appreciate the huge community turnout I think Coty deserves the absolute best," said Mary Phillips.

"He was just a really good person, he always had a smile on his face and he always tried to help people he loved everybody," said Samantha Walls.

"He was a very good man," said Timothy Kilpatrick.

The 21-year-old marine died October 6th in an IED explosion in Afghanistan's Helman Province.

Groups of people waited on sidewalks for hours, some were friends of the marine, others never met him. Coty and I met in middle school but we were in ROTC together all four years of high school,"said Phillips.

Crisp County Sheriff Donnie Haralson, along with several law enforcement agencies escorted Sockalosky's body back from Warner Robins today..and it was pure silence as the procession drove through. "I think we as a community owe every soldier our respect and we should do everything possible to support him," said Phillips.

Most people held flags, some placed their hands on their hearts as his body passed by,

It was a way for the community to say thank you, for all Sockalosky sacrificed to protect our freedoms.

His funeral will be held this Saturday at 11:00am at the Crisp County Middle School.

He will be buried at Tremont Cemetery.

The funeral is scheduled for Saturday, October 16th at 11:00 at the Crisp County Middle School. He will be buried at Tremont Cemetery off Cemetery Road. The procession will leave the CCMS traveling to 24th Avenue East to Greer Street and the taking a left on 16th Avenue to 5th Street North and taking a right on 8th Avenue to Cemetery Road.

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