Fallen Marine Returns Home

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2010 at 9:43 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2010 at 9:43 AM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) -- It was a tearful homecoming for a fallen hero from North Tonawanda Friday.

The body of Marine Lance Corporal Timothy Serwinowski landed at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base just after 10 a.m. Friday to a saddened crowd of family and friends.

Serwinowski was killed Monday while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

A procession of State and local police, along with dozens of Freedom Riders of New York, escorted Lance Corporal Serwinowski to Amigone Funeral Home on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda.

Visiting hours will be held Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from Noon to 4 p.m. The funeral will follow.

Governor Paterson has asked that flags be flown at half-staff in honor of the fallen Marine.