Memorial held for Coast Guardsman allegedly killed by smugglers

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A veteran Coast Guardsman killed last week when his boat was rammed by suspected smugglers was remembered at a memorial service Sunday as a patriot.

But amid the pomp and circumstance of military mourning — the flyovers and rifle salutes — another side emerged of Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, 34: a doting father known to do push-ups with his two young sons on his back; a giving friend who smoked cigars with his buddies; a warrior willing to dress in ugly holiday sweaters around Christmastime.

His colleagues, in their formal bravo uniforms, were seen wiping away tears as Horne’s brother-in-law told his widow, pregnant with a third child, that the hole in her heart would never go away, nor should it.

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