Leominster, MA

Procession for Fallen Marine Captain Ross Reynolds passes through Leominster

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Gold Star Mother Tara Rivers (far right) holds a flag with her family outside Gove Farm during a procession for Capt. Reynolds Saturday.Genevieve DiNatale/News Link Live

LEOMINSTER — Newscopters hovered above Gove Farm Saturday as a procession for Captain Ross Reynolds passed those who lined the streets in his honor.

“I feel terrible about his passing. Nobody should die at 27,” said Peter Mason, a childhood friend of Capt. Reynolds. “It’s horrible, but I was taking the highway here and saw all the fire trucks and the overpasses and all the people lining the roads and it’s awesome.”

The procession to return Reynolds' body to his hometown of Leominster started Saturday morning at Logan Airport. According to the U.S. Marine Corps, Capt. Reynold, 27, was one of four marines who were killed when an Osprey aircraft crashed on March 18 in a Norwegian town in the Arctic Circle. At just 27 years old, his death struck a chord with Tara Rivers, a Gold Star mother who held a flag with her family outside Gove Farm.

“Unfortunately, I know this mother’s pain, so I wanted to support another mother. I know exactly what she is going through,” said Rivers. “My son, Zacharay Arsenault, he passed away at 20-years-old. Yesterday was three years for us. He served in the military and the army; he was a tanker.”

After passing Gove Farm, the procession continued down Mechanic Street, ultimately making its way to Anderson Funeral Home in Fitchburg. Tomorrow night, a candlelight vigil will be held in Capt. Reynolds' honor on the steps of Leominster City Hall from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. On Tuesday, following a public Mass at Saint Cecilia’s Church, a private burial with full military honors will be held for Captain Reynolds at the Massachusetts Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Winchendon.

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