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Marine Lance Cpl. Steven G. Sutton

Died May 26, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Leesburg, Ga.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died May 26 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Thousands honor Marine killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press

ALBANY, Ga. — Thousands of southwest Georgians lined the route as Marine Lance Cpl. Steve Sutton made his journey to his final resting place.

The 24-year-old joined the Marines in 2009 and was attached to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Divison. Sutton was killed over Memorial Day weekend in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan during combat operations.

More than 240 Patriot Guard Riders formed a flag line as Sutton's body was delivered to the church for his funeral service, which was limited to family and friends. But crowds gathered along U.S. Highway 19 and Dawson Road to say goodbye.

First Baptist Church of Leesburg Pastor Bobby Harrell told those gathered during Sutton's eulogy, "we saw a lot of love for this family."

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