MURRIETA, Calif. - A husband and father of two from Murrieta was identified Sunday as one of six Marines killed in a helicopter crash during a disaster relief mission in Nepal, according to multiple reports.
Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, a crew chief from Riverside County, was among those whose bodies were discovered among the aircraft’s wreckage on Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The other Marines included Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz of Nebraska, Capt. Christopher L. Norgren of Kansas, Sgt. Ward M. Johnson IV of Florida, Cpl. Sara A. Medina of Illinois and Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug of Arizona, the Times reported.
The six Marines, along with two Nepali service members, were aboard a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter working to deliver humanitarian aid Tuesday evening when they lost contact, KTLA reported.
The Marines had been assigned to a squadron from Camp Pendleton when they were redirected from the Philippines to a relief mission in Nepal, where a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated the area on April 25 and a 7.3-magnitude temblor caused further destruction the same day the Marine helicopter was last heard from.
Upon learning of her husband’s death, Samantha Seaman told CNN he was “a wonderful husband” and she “couldn’t have asked for a better partner in life.”
“He was a great father, he was a great Marine,” Samantha Seaman said. “He loved his country and he really wanted to go to Nepal to help those people.”
She said his family would “do everything we can, every day until we meet again, to make him proud.”
Samantha’s mother stated on a GoFundMe page collecting donations for the family that her son-in-law was a hero.
“Thank you all for this. I just want the world to know that my son-in-law was a great man and a true hero. He was what a man is suppose to be,” Margie Thomas stated.
Eric Seaman, 30, was a decorated Marine and father of two young children, according to the Press Enterprise.
He was described as the sole provider for his family in the GoFunMe page, which sought to raise $25,000.
CNN contributed to this story.