Fallen Palm City Marine laid to rest

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

PALM CITY, FL (WFLX) - Mourners gather Wednesday morning to remember a local Marine who died in combat.

Lance Cpl. Justin Wilson, 24, was remembered during three viewings over two days for being a wonderful son, newlywed and hero. The funeral is Wednesday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Palm City.

"We are a family of Marines. Their loss is also our loss. Whatever they are going through, we understand," said Lou Calleja with the Marine Corps League at a viewing Tuesday.

Wilson was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan March 22 during a foot patrol. His body came home Sunday by a charter jet.

His family did not wish to talk Tuesday, but did talk recently about the overwhelming loss. "I hope everyone treats him as a hero because he died for this country," said his father Lance Wilson.