VIDEO: Fallen Soldier Returns Home to Murrieta

A procession brought the remains of fallen U.S. Army Sgt. Clinton Ruiz home Friday to Murrieta,

Residents and Murrieta Valley High School students gather Friday along Washington Avenue to salute a procession carrying the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Clinton Ruiz, a 2008 MVHS graduate.

The motorcade was led by the Patriot Guard Riders from Camp Pendleton to Murrieta, with the assistance of California Highway Patrol.

Ruiz, a husband and father, was killed Oct. 25 in Afghanistan.

See photos of the procession by clicking here.

Tony Ruiz November 02, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Welcome home, Son. This home, anyway, because you're already Home. Say hello to your great grampa, my Dad, because you're both in Heaven now. A little hard to type between the tears. See 'ya soon. -Grampa Ruiz
Jill Leech November 03, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your son is an American Hero and we are all saddened to hear of his sacrifice. So glad to see so many turn out to pay him honor and respect.
Linda Carlson November 03, 2012 at 05:23 AM
May God bless you and your family - thank you for your service and dedication
Adam Clark November 03, 2012 at 06:34 AM
I am a soldier out in afghanistan now i live in murrieta as well i heard about this on my birthday on the 27th nobody but our families understand the sacrifices we make to keep this country of ours safe and i am really sorry to hear about a fallen brother who all he was doing was his job and someone took it all away from him..... believe me when i say this i heard this and my heart dropped, Ruiz family im sorry for your loss he may be lost but he is never forgotten a true hero.
Leslie Bainbridge November 03, 2012 at 07:19 AM
May your soul rest in peace.
Jason Carpenter November 03, 2012 at 08:43 AM
To the Ruiz family, my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice and sympathy for your loss. There can be a lot of playful banter between the services, but when something like this happens we are all brothers and sisters. It is always a tragedy when one of our brothers is unable to come home safe to his family. As far as the community is concerned, I am proud to say I live in Murrieta because of the incredible turnout and support displayed by everyone. Not long ago, military members were getting a very different welcome home. I only wish Sgt Ruiz could see how proud everyone was of him. God bless.
AmericanMom November 03, 2012 at 09:06 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you and your family.
Monica Atherton November 03, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I am so sorry for your loss, Keeping your family in my prayers. :*(
Jim Wells November 03, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Your loss weighs heavy on our hearts. Your son is an American Hero and I as a retired Marine stand and salute with a tear in my eye.
Jami May-Queale November 03, 2012 at 04:24 PM
RIP Sgt. Ruiz, thank you to your and your family for all you've sacrificed for us. Your a hero.
staci probus November 03, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Tony, It's Staci from Annie's. My prayers are with your family right now. I am so sorry for your loss. If you need anything you know where to find me. Sgt. Ruiz and your family will always hold a special place in my heart for his and your selfless sacrifice.
Kymberly Koelln November 12, 2012 at 06:31 AM
To a true hero may you east in peace. Blessings ans love to your family. Thank you all for you service ans ultimate sacrifice.


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