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posted: 9/13/2012 9:10 AM

Hundreds honor Indiana Marine slain in Afghanistan

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Associated Press

HUNTINGBURG, Ind. -- Hundreds of people lined a route around a southern Indiana county as the body of a 21-year-old Marine killed during combat in Afghanistan arrived for the start of his funeral services.

Fellow Marines stood at attention with Lance Cpl. Alec Terwiske's family as his flag-draped casket was taken from a plane at the Huntingburg airport Wednesday.

Dozens of motorcyclists and a fire truck then led a hearse through the towns of Huntingburg, St. Anthony and Celestine on its way to a Jasper funeral home where visitation was set for Thursday.

Amy Patterson tells WFIE-TV that her nephew loved what he was doing with the Marines.

Wayne Culver tells the Evansville Courier & Press he came out to the procession route because Terwiske "needs all the respect he can get."

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