Family of fallen Laredo soldier will hold 3-day service; public invited

A three-day service will be held in Laredo to honor the fallen soldier who was among the 13 U.S. service members who lost their lives in an attack in Afghanistan last week.

Marine Corps Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza died Aug. 26 after a suicide bomber attacked a site near Kabul’s international airport.

The city of Laredo will be helping the Espinoza family arrange the service, though a date has yet to be announced.

When the casket arrives in Laredo, the Department of Defense will be providing military funeral honors and the U.S. Marines will be assisting to transfer and carry the remains from the aircraft to a waiting vehicle that will head to the funeral home, a city news release stated.

The services will be held at the Joe Jackson Funeral Chapel located at 1410 Jacaman Road in Laredo.

“The family is inviting the community to participate in a warm welcome home procession by parking in areas alongside the route,” the news release stated. “The City is encouraging the community and business owners to show their respects by waving American flags during the procession.”

The first day will be only for the immediate family, but the public will be allowed to visit and pay their respects from 8 a.m. through midnight. 

Military honors are scheduled for the third day, and they will include a religious ceremony, a procession to his high school alma mater, Lyndon B. Johnson High School, and a burial at the city cemetery. 

The public will be allowed to park along the procession’s route from the funeral home to the high school and then the cemetery. 

The dates will be released after the family is notified two days before the arrival.