Jan 16, 2015 8:39 PM
CONCORD - They lined up during the day and through the night, hundreds of mourners paid their respects to a fallen hero.
31 year-old Navy SEAL William "Blake" Marston of Concord was killed in a parachute training exercise in Florida last weekend.
Marston grew up playing sports. He was a gifted baseball player in college, and at the Derryfield School in Manchester. Derryfield head of school Mary Halpin Carter attended the wake and says their community is feeling the loss.
"Just such a fine, fine young man. Just a boy of integrity and fabulous sense of humor, and a great talent and just a wonderful part of the community," Carter said.
Marston was in the Navy for six years and served two tours in Afghanistan. He leaves behind a loving girlfriend, parents, and three siblings. Close family friends like Mark Myers say they watched him grow up to be an amazing man.
"Blake was the kind of kid that you want your daughter to marry," Myers said.
The parachute incident is being investigated. Marston's family says he died doing what he loved. Those who loved him mourn the loss of a brave soul.
"A great loss, but you know the people who are the greatest losses are those who were so wonderful in life," Carter said.
A celebration of Marston's life will be held at the Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford NH Saturday, Jan. 17, at 10:30 a.m.
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