Guard escorts Marine killed by deputy
April 11, 2012 9:12PM
Patriot Guard Riders and military veterans line up outside of Range Funeral Home in Joliet Wednesday, April 11, 2012 as they help escort the body of Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr., 31, from Midway Airport. Loggins, a native of Joliet, was fatally shot on February 7, 2012 by an Orange County Sheriff's Deputy during an incident in San Clemente, CA. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 13, 2012 8:22AM
JOLIET — An honor guard escorting the body of a U.S. Marine and Joliet native killed in California arrived at the Range Funeral Home on Wednesday evening.
The police escort and a Marine casualty officer met the casket of Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr. at Midway Airport in Chicago. A private funeral services will be held on Friday at a Joliet church; burial will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.
Loggins, 31, was fatally shot Feb. 7 by an Orange County sheriff’s deputy in San Clemente, Calif., after they say he began acting irrationally.
Loggins enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1998 and worked as a transportation management specialist at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, which shares a border with San Clemente.
He was married with three children. His wife was pregnant with their fourth child when he was shot, but she has since delivered the baby.
Loggins was described as a “loved and respected Marine” by Col. Nicholas Marano, commanding officer at Camp Pendleton.
Ferdinand Range, owner of Range Funeral Home in Joliet, said the Marine’s widow has asked that her husband’s funeral services remain private.