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By Lena Howland
January 31, 2016
FOUNTAIN - A community rallied in support of a grieving southern Colorado family as their decorated Marine was lost at sea in a helicopter crash.
As News5 has reported, Sempler's helicopter crashed off the coast of Hawaii during a routine training session more than a week ago.
The search for him and 11 other missing marines has since been called off.
"It's been really rough, we were hoping that they would find him alive, but that didn't happen," Laurie Allen, the mother of Jeffrey Sempler said.
A mother's worst nightmare.
"I kind of knew it was coming but I didn't want to believe it," Allen said.
She hopped on a plane to Hawaii soon after learning the search mission for her son was called off.
"It's hard, everybody lost so much," she said after meeting with the families of the 11 other marines.
Sergeant Jeffrey Sempler, one of 12 missing Marines, now presumed dead.
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They did it in Pennsylvania too.
DUNCANNON, Pa. (WHTM) – A vigil was held for Sgt. Adam Schoeller, the marine who went missing off the coast of Hawaii, following a training exercise on January 14.
Sunday, the community gathered to honor a friend, son, neighbor, and comrade.
“We’re just going to miss him,” Adam’s father, Ralph Schoeller, said.
Even though Adam didn’t make it home, his memory is a homecoming.