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Hingham Marine Killed In Hawaii Is Honored

Linda Orlando, center, and her husband Richard Orlando pause as a flag is folded during a memorial ceremony for their son, U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher Orlando, outside St. Paul's Church in Hingham Friday. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Linda Orlando, center, and her husband Richard Orlando pause as a flag is folded during a memorial ceremony for their son, U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher Orlando, outside St. Paul's Church in Hingham Friday. (Charles Krupa/AP)
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A Marine from Massachusetts who died in a helicopter crash in Hawaii was remembered at a memorial service for his loyalty, sense of humor and love of the sea.

Mourners, including family, friends and dozens of state police troopers, packed the service for Cpl. Christopher Orlando held Friday at St. Paul Catholic Church in Hingham. Orlando's mother is a retired state trooper.

This undated photo provided by the Orlando Family shows Cpl. Christopher Orlando, 23, of Hingham. (Courtesy Orlando Family via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Orlando Family shows Cpl. Christopher Orlando, 23, of Hingham. (Courtesy Orlando Family via AP)

The service came months after the 23-year-old Orlando and 11 other Marines died Jan. 14 in a midair collision of two helicopters during a nighttime training mission off Hawaii's coast.

Five days after the crash, the Coast Guard suspended its search for the Marines. They recovered only wreckage from the helicopters, including empty life rafts, WBUR previously reported.

The Rev. Thomas Nestor said Orlando loved the sea growing up, which was one of the reasons he became a Marine, and the fact his final resting place is the ocean offers some consolation.

Gov. Charlie Baker attended the Friday service.

With reporting by the WBUR Newsroom and the Associated Press

Members of a veterans motorcycle club stand holding flags outside a memorial service for U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher Orlando. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Members of a veterans motorcycle club stand holding flags outside a memorial service for U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher Orlando. (Charles Krupa/AP)

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