Body of Wetumpka native, U.S. Marine returns home for burial

Published: Jun. 30, 2017 at 3:42 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 30, 2017 at 6:55 PM CDT
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(Source: WSFA 12 News)
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WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - The body of Wetumpka native and Marine Lance Cpl. D'Adrien Lucas is home. Lucas was found shot to death in his vehicle at Camp Allen in Norfolk, Virginia, on June 20.

The community and Wetumpka leaders lined up on part of Highway 14 late Friday near the Wetumpka Sports Complex to salute the casket carrying Lucas' body.

"I am grateful. I am grateful," said Rhonda Lucas, his mother.

Lucas was 6'1", solid, a broad smile and hero in the eyes of his mother.

"I am so proud of him. He was so humble, so quiet, quiet spirit," she said.

"I asked them, 'Well, was it self-inflicted or did someone else do it?' And they said, 'Well, it's under investigation. We don't have any answers as of yet.' My faith is what keeps me grounded. It doesn't matter whether or not it was self-inflicted or someone else did it. I'm at peace with it because it wouldn't bring him back," said Ms. Lucas.

Lucas graduated from Wetumpka High School in 2011, played football for Huntington College for two years, and then decided he wanted to join the military.

"He wanted to do something a little different. It was a hard decision but I couldn't hold him. He was of age," said Rhonda Lucas.

Ms. Lucas didn't notice anything amiss in her son during their last conversation a few days before his death and no warning signs looking back now that he's gone.

"Like I said before, faith is carrying me," she said.

The Marine would have turned 25-years old in September. The family says he'd planned to make the military a career. Instead, Dadrien Lucas will be buried Monday afternoon behind his home church in Wetumpka.

The military will take Lucas' body to Hillside Mortuary in Wetumpka. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the New Beginning Holiness Church.

The church is located on Crenshaw Road off Holtville Road.

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