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Small town of Grantsburg, Wis., says last farewell to Marine killed in Chattanooga shooting

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Thousands of people paid their last respects Saturday to a young Marine from northwestern Wisconsin who was killed last week by a gunman in Tennessee.

Marine Sgt. Carson Holmquist was laid to rest Saturday after funeral services in Grantsburg, Wisconsin, a small town just a few miles from the Minnesota border.

He was one of five service members killed after suspected gunman Mohammed Youssuf Abdulazeez opened fire at two military recruiting sites in Chattanooga on July 16. Police then killed the attacker.

Holmquist, 25, grew up in Grantsburg and was a 2008 graduate of Grantsburg High School. Holmquist joined the Marine Corps a year later in 2009.

A dozen members of a Marine Corps honor guard stood watch as others carried Holmquist's coffin into the high school for a public visitation, the Daily Mail reported.

A line of people - probably as many as the town's population of 1,300 - snaked around the outside of the building, waiting to enter and pay their respects to Holmquist's family.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker canceled several presidential campaign appearances to attend the service.

"We're here for the families. That's our priority now," Marine Forces Reserve spokesman Capt. Andrew Chrestman told reporters, according to the Daily Mail. "We grieve with them, and they will not be forgotten."

Dozens of military members, active and retired, attended the service, according to the Star Tribune. Afterward, they saluted as an honor guard of Marine pallbearers brought Holmquist's flag-draped coffin out to a hearse.

A state trooper and six motorcyclists with the Patriot Guard Riders then led the funeral procession to a local cemetery on the edge of town, where Holmquist was buried with military honors in a private ceremony.

As a youth, Holmquist worked on a local farm. He was an avid outdoorsman who spent time hunting and fishing in the woods and lakes in Wisconsin and Minnesota, according to his obituary.
Sgt. Holmquist was trained as an automotive technician with the Marines, and was deployed to Afghanistan from September 2013 to May 2014.

His wife Jasmine is a native of St. Croix Falls and the couple have a 2-year-old son, Wyatt. He is also survived by his parents, several siblings and other relatives.

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