Body of Minnesota Marine arrives in Fargo

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FARGO, N.D. - (Valley News Live) The body of a U.S. Marine killed on New Year’s Day arrived in Fargo late Thursday.

Lance Corporal Riley Kuznia got in to Hector International Airport at around 9:30 p.m. His casket draped with an American flag was greeted at the tarmac by a group of Marines.

They then escorted it inside a black hearse surrounded by his family.

U.S. Marine Sgt. Matthew Robinson flew with Kuznia’s body from Washington, D.C.

“To be able to escort one of my brother marines all the way home is a huge honor and I’m very happy to do so,” Sgt. Robinson said.

Robinson said he also felt humbled by the act.

Kuznia was killed on January 1st in an incident that authorities are describing as a death investigation and not a homicide.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Fargo Police Department also showed up at the airport Thursday. They were joined by friends and family of Kuznia as well as veterans.

“We show respect for the veterans and active service members and families,” Wayne Lougheed, a veteran, said.

Other veterans at Hector International said honoring a fallen veteran is a duty.

“For me, I just want to help welcome home any veterans that are coming home,” Lisa Folstad, with the Red River Raider Marine Corps League, said.

Kuznia’s body was then taken to his hometown of Karlstad, Minnesota.

A visitation is being scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at First Lutheran Church. Funeral services will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Karlstad High School Gymnasium.