Trenton, GA (WRCB) -- American flags and signs were center stage in the city of Trenton, all to pay respects to community hero Lance Corporal Taylor Richards.
The 20-year-old Marine was killed this week in Afghanistan and Friday his body arrived home.
His family says his life was cut too short.
Richards was a Dade County High School grad. Aaron McGill says his childhood friend will be sorely missed.
He says showing up to Friday's parade was the only thing he could do to pay respects.
He says not only was Richards a friend, but a role model as well.
Richards began his military career in 2008 and friends and family tell us he hoped to be a history teacher some day, but now, he'll be remembered in this community as a piece of its history.
Veterans in attendance say they didn't have to know him personally to feel the loss of another in uniform.
They say the young man paid the ultimate sacrifice.
As Richards body was carried through the streets of Trenton, friends and family say losing him at such a young age is tough, but Richards is their hero.
Lance Corporal Richards will be laid to rest Saturday.
Visitation is scheduled from 12-4pm at the North Chapel of Chattanooga funeral home.
He'll be buried with full military honors at the Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
Four people were killed and four others injured in a mass shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch early Sunday. The suspect is still on the run.
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