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Danville Neighborhood Turns Out to Honor Marine

A Danville family got the idea that people care during a homecoming Monday after their son was killed in Afghanistan.



    Danville Neighborhood Turns Out to Honor Marine
    Jodi Hernandez
    Hundreds of people lined the street outside Danville marine's home.

    Dozens of people answered the call to come to a Danville neighborhood Monday afternoon to help honor a local marine killed in Afghanistan.

    Joshua Corral, 19, died Friday.  His parents and his three brothers flew to Dover Air Force base over the weekend to bring his body back home.  They arrived home Monday afternoon to a line of well-wishers holding American flags.  The line of people began at their home and reached down the block.

    Many stood silently with tears falling down their face as the parents drove up.

    Corral's mom and dad addressed the crowd and thanked them for showing their support.

    Corral just graduated high school in 2010 from San Ramon Valley High School. He played football at the high school. During Friday night's game they announced to the crowd that he had died which caused an audible gasp. 

    "Everybody's devastated here because he was a nice, nice, nice, nice boy," Danville Councilman Mike Doyle told Bay City News. 

    The family said his funeral will not be held until after the Thanksgiving holiday. A candlelight prayer vigil is set for Tuesday night at Oak Hill Park.

    Corral is the second Bay Area military member to died in the past week.

    Sean Walsh, a 21-year-old California National Guard soldier from San Jose, was killed last Wednesday in Afghanistan's Khost Province.  Walsh died from injuries suffered when he encountered indirect  fire during combat operations. Below is a touching video tribute to Walsh his family posted on YouTube.