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PHOTOS: Murrieta Salutes Fallen Soldier

The remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Clinton Ruiz, 22, of Murrieta, were returned home Friday.

The Murrieta community gathered Friday to salute a procession carrying the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Clinton Keith Ruiz, who was killed Oct. 25 in Afghanistan. 

A flight carrying Ruiz's remains arrived at Camp Pendleton at about 11 a.m. Friday. A white hearse was then escorted by Patriot Guard Riders as it traveled north on Interstate 15 to Murrieta. A line of black SUVS carried Ruiz' family.

Fire departments from Oceanside to Murrieta lined overpasses as the procession made its way north on the freeway.

Community members at the corner of Kalmia Street and Jefferson Avenue waved American flags as the motorcade arrived in Murrieta.

A large contingent of Murrieta Valley High School students waited along Washington Avenue—hands on their hearts—as the procession weaved its way toward Murrieta Valley Funeral Home.

(See a video of the procession as it passes by MVHS by clicking here.)

Ruiz, a husband and father, was a 2008 graduate of Murrieta Valley.

A public memorial service for Ruiz begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Centerpoint Church.

Lisa November 02, 2012 at 10:37 PM
This is so amazing, brought me to tears. RIP Sgt Ruiz prayers go out to the family. Thank you Murrieta Valley high school for honoring him and letting the kids be a part of this. My daughter got to see this,i wish i had of known about it would loved to have been there myself. Grateful for the pictures Murrieta Patch THANK YOU !
cynthia oestreich November 03, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Thank u Clint Ruiz for serving our great country and putting ur life out there to protect us. U are a HERO!!! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!!!!!
Mars November 18, 2012 at 03:00 AM
God bless your family Clint Ruiz.

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