The body of a local marine, Christopher Truax Jr., who was shot and killed earlier this month, made the long journey from California to Horseheads.
A motorcade, including members from the Patriot Guard Riders and the American Legion Riders Post 442, accompanied the body of the 21-year-old.
The motorcade rode along Interstate 81 south to I-86 east, after his body arrived Monday morning at Syracuse Hancock International Airport.
The motorcade continued onto Route 13 to Sullivan’s Funeral Home, on East Franklin Street, in Horseheads.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Department said Truax’s death is an open murder investigation. Truax’s family said they are stunned as to why police have yet to find a suspect.
Local veterans and members of the U.S. Marine Corp. stood alongside Traux’s family in support of their fallen brother.
“We feel for them and we hope them the best and we’re proud that their son served in the United States Military,” Arthur C. Bentley, Vice President of the American Legion Riders Post 442, said.
“You know, losing a soldier, anywhere, this young, is extremely tragic, and it really, for all of us veterans, it really cuts to the soul,” Kent Tryon, Region Two Rid
Tryon said although it’s a sad time, veterans and marines, alike, have a duty to honor and respect Truax as his remains are brought home.
A viewing will take place, Tuesday, at His Tabernacle Family Church in Horseheads from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
A funeral service, with full military honors, will take place directly after the viewing.
The following day, there will be a private cemetery ceremony at Woodlawn National Cemetery, in Elmira.