MIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) - Friends and family gathered to mourn the life of a former Marine who was killed in a Miami Gardens carjacking.
“I know he’s watching. I know he’s smiling. I know he’s flying. Thank you,” said Laura Comme, the widow of 27-year-old Guillermo Comme, as she held back tears.
The young mother must now learn to live without her husband. “I didn’t expect this much support from anybody,” Laura said. “I didn’t know that the community was going to come together this way and help.”
Laura, along with her family and friends, were escorted by veterans on motorcycles, to send a final farewell to Guillermo.
The escorts said there was no hesitation when it came to showing support for family. “I didn’t know him personally. Just him being a brother, that just sparked a lot,” said veteran Michael Ernst.
Ernst said when he learned of Guillermo’s death, he rallied the troops for a fallen comrade.
Guillermo served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before being honorably discharged.
Police said an 18-year-old, armed with two guns, approached Guillermo and three others outside of a friend’s barbecue, Sunday. Family members said everyone was willing to give up their possessions. However, Guillermo was still shot in a struggle in the back seat of the vehicle. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.
Police said a family member later shot the suspect, who also died at the hospital.
“When our brother — our citizen — goes overseas, fights for our country, comes home to get gunned down on his own soil, it hits me closer to home,” Ernst said.
“Military members always back up each other. We have each other’s back. We’re gonna support each other in life and unfortunately, in death,” said veteran Howard Pearl.
Guillermo leaves behind his wife and their 9-year-old daughter.
Guillermo’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help gather funds and adjust to the loss of his support and income. To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/guillermocomme.
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