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THE MARINE HONOR GUARD loads the casket of fallen Marine Staff Sgt. Sky Mote onto a horse-drawn caisson. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum


Top 10 — No. 2: Sky Mote’s death, procession and funeral

By From page A1 | January 07, 2013

At 6:05 p.m. on Aug. 19, a Marine, noticeably taller than his fellows, quietly began issuing orders. The Marines slowly walked to the back of a hearse parked behind Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park, and raised their hands in salute as bagpipes played in the background. They carefully moved the flag-wrapped casket containing Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote to a waiting caisson. The pallbearers took positions on either side of the caisson and the procession began moving, the gathered crowd of a few hundred Marines, law enforcement and members of the community fell in behind the family, all led by a CHP cruiser.

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