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Franklin residents asked to participate in funeral procession

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Posted at 4:58 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 23:57:54-04

The Franklin Police and Fire departments will escort the body of an Army Sergeant home to Franklin this evening and they are asking residents to line the streets - six feet apart.

Sgt. Justin M. Lile died in a car crash in Guam, according to the Guam Daily Post.

Lile, a forward signal support noncommissioned officer, was assigned to the 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment operating the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system at Andersen, the Post reports. He joined the Army from New Orleans, Louisiana, in August 2014.

His body will be escorted today from Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans to Ibert's Mortuary in Franklin where he will be interred.

In a show of Solidarity, Honor & Respect, the city of Franklin is asking residents to line both sides of Main Street from Fairfax House to the mortuary between 6:50 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today. Residents must maintain social distancing and leave at least six feet between families. If you do not live in the same house, there should be six feet between you.

City officials believe that length of street will give everyone who wants to participate and show support for the family to do so, while still being safe and maintaining social distancing.

The Franklin Fire Department will be displaying the colors in front of the St. Mary Parish Courthouse. The flag at City Hall will be lowered to half staff tomorrow, and residents are asked to keep the Lile family in their thoughts and prayers.