Residents Encouraged to Line Streets Tuesday to Honor MCAS Marine

A Miramar-based Marine killed earlier this month in a training accident near El Centro will be laid to rest tomorrow and the community is encouraged to line the procession route in his honor.

33-year-old Marine Gunnery Sergeant Derik Holley was killed along with three other Marines attached to the Third Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Miramar on April 3rd when their CH-53 Super Stallion Helicopter crashed during a training exercise. 

Holley was born at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2003. He served tours in locations including Iraq and Japan. He leaves behind a wife and young son. 

The crash is still under investigation. 

Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. a memorial service is scheduled for Holley at Miramar National Cemetery followed by a private service at Clairemont Mortuary. 

The organization called "Honor Our Fallen" is asking San Diegans to line the route from the Miramar National Cemetery to Clairemont Mortuary in honor of the fallen soldier. The procession is expected to leave the cemetery at 10 a.m.

The route information as provided by Honoring Our Fallen is below. 

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