Residents Will Line Streets in Tribute to Local Marine

A photo of Eric Seaman and his family, published on a site. Story updated with additional information : Residents are inv...

A photo of Eric Seaman and his family, published on a site.

Story updated with additional information:

Residents are invited to gather along Kalmia Street and Washington Avenue Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in tribute to Marine Sgt. Eric Seaman, a Murrieta resident who died in a helicopter crash May 12 while delivering supplies in Nepal following an earthquake.

A procession will pass by en route to the Murrieta Valley Funeral Home for Seaman's services. Members of the public are urged to pay tribute by lining the streets with American flags, a candle, a flashlight or a smart phone with a light app. Laser lights are prohibited. It is estimated that the hearse and entourage will pass by at approximately 7:45 p.m. on the way to the funeral home.

Fire, police, border patrol and CHP units will be present on all bridge overpasses from San Diego International Airport to Murrieta. Murrieta police motor units will pick up Sgt. Seaman's procession at the Riverside County line and escort him into the city.

A Murrieta Police unit as well as Murrieta Fire will post on each Murrieta bridge (Los Alamos Road and Murrieta Hot Springs Road) with overhead lights activated.

Graduation at Murrieta Valley High School is expected to end about 7:30 p.m. Those leaving the graduation and not able to take part in the tribute to Sgt. Seaman should find a route away from MVHS other than Kalmia Street.

Seaman, based in Camp Pendleton, leaves behind his wife Samantha, son Roman and daughter Ryleigh. He is a graduate of Elsinore High School, where he was honored in a vigil May 17. The six Marines from Camp Pendleton who died in that crash were also honored in a memorial ceremony at Camp Pendleton on June 3.

To make a donation to the family, visit the site here.


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