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Fri April 2, 2010
Gillette mourns soldier's death
By Molly Messick
Gillette, WY – Flags are still flying at half-mast in Gillette, where a funeral was held for a young marine Thursday.
Lance Corporal Jacob Ross was killed last week, in a firefight in Afghanistan. He was 19 years old. Sergeant Michael Cahill is a Marine recruiter in Gillette. He says nearly every local business closed its doors to observe the procession for Ross, which passed through town on Wednesday: "I don't think there was a flag to be had in any of the stores. And people that couldn't find flags printed out flags printed out flags and lined the streets and little kids were saluting and it was real touching to see the community come out for that."
The Gillette News-Record estimates that 10,000 residents lined the streets. Among Ross's survivors are his wife, parents, sister and brother.