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Virginia Community Unites For Fallen Marine

Staff Sgt. Gregory Copes died last week in Afghanistan. The 36-year-old marine leaves behind his wife and four young kids... the oldest is only six.

Rob Finch is arranging the funeral, but wanted to do something more to help the family.

"There's going to be a lot of expenses down the road, and I'm sure they're going to need assistance," he says. "Ever how little it might be, we want to help them in some way."

Firefighters in the area are teaming up with Finch's funeral home to raise money for the family. They'll be selling Livestrong-style bracelets at community events like the high school football game. The bracelets read "In Memory of Staff Sgt. Greg Copes."

The investigation into Copes' death is ongoing, but marine officials say he died during an inauguration ceremony for local police that he helped train.

Copes' funeral is set for Monday.

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