Fallen Marine returns to Palm City

By Peter Schaller - email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

PALM CITY, FL (WFLX) - A local Marine's body returns home. It's been a long emotional week for a local family, learning their son was killed in Afghanistan serving the country he loved so much.  A touching tribute for the fallen local Marine on the Treasure Coast Sunday brought the community out onto the streets to say goodbye.

Hannah lost the man she married months ago, Lance and Frances lost their son, and Chris lost the older brother he looked up to.

Twenty-four-year-old Lance Corporal Justin Wilson was many things to many people. After a long week, his body returned home to South Florida.

Family, friends and perfect strangers paid their respects to the local Marine who died in Afghanistan. He was killed by a roadside bomb. "It was great to see the community come together, but it rips your heart out because you know why they're here," said one woman watching the procession.

Here, the procession is making its way out of the Stuart Jet Center, through the middle of the small waterfront community, and up over the bridge into Palm City. The people of Palm City lined the streets paying tribute to Justin and letting his family know they're not in this alone.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Wounded Warriors Project, 7020 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

A public viewing for Lance Corporal Wilson happens at 6 p.m. at the Forest Hill Funeral Home on Southwest Murphy road in Palm City Monday, and again Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. His funeral is Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Palm City.