The weekend in Grantsburg, Wis. was shadowed by an emotional goodbye honoring slain Marine Sgt. Carson Holmquist. He finally came home to be laid to rest on Saturday, the streets packed with loved ones and strangers on Friday ahead of a visitation at Grantsburg High School.
The 25-year-old Marine was one of the four military officers killed in the Chattanooga shooting earlier this month. Gov. Scott Walker ordered flags be flown at half-staff until sunset on Saturday in Holmquist's honor.
Friends, family members and thankful residents in the small town in Wisconsin lined up to welcome him home, as the hearse carrying the casket drove through the filled streets.
"I am so proud to live in a town like this,” said a Grantsburg resident.
The visitation was held Saturday at Grantsburg High School, where Holmquist graduated in 2008, and a private family service followed.
Holmquist was a football player and joined the Marines in 2009 and served two tours of duty in Afghanistan. He's survived by his wife, Jasmine, and their 2-year-old son, Wyatt. He's the son of Thomas and La Brenda Holmquist, of Grantsburg.
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