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Remains of late Marine returns home

Posted at 7:32 AM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 20:50:27-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The remains of a Southwest Florida Marine who died in a helicopter crash in Hawaii are being flown back home.  22-year-old Corporal Tommy Jardas was among 12 U.S. Marines presumed dead after two helicopters collided.

A Facebook group  used to keep Tommy's family and friends updated on the investigation says he will be arriving at RSW Friday afternoon.

Friends and family of Jardas will be getting closure.

The Marine Corps says it has recovered the remains of nine servicemen, including those of the Southwest Florida native and graduate of Cypress Lake High School. The Marines were killed when two helicopters collided with one another during a training exercise off the coast of Hawaii.

Friends and family have taken to Facebook and social media to show support and notify the community of Jardas' return home.

A procession is planned to leave Southwest Florida International Airport shortly before 1 PM on its way to Hodges-Kiser Funeral Home on Cypress Lake Drive.  Supporters are asked to wear red, white and blue and hold American flags along Daniels Parkway and Cypress Lake Drive.