BONNERS FERRY, Idaho (AP) -- The remains of a soldier slain in Afghanistan returned home to northern Idaho on Friday.
Twenty-two-year-old Spc. Ethan J. Martin was killed by enemy fire on Aug. 7. Martin's remains arrived at the Sandpoint Airport at 10 a.m. Friday, and the Army held a ceremony to transfer the remains to Martin's family.
Hundreds lined the streets and highway between Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint waving signs and American flags as the hearse passed by. Most said they’ve never met Martin, but wanted to pay their respects nonetheless as a gesture of gratitude towards a stranger who gave his life for them.
A funeral for Martin will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Bonners Ferry High School, with interment to follow at Paradise Valley Cemetery. The funeral and interment are open to the public.
Martin joined the Army in 2009. He was based in Alaska's Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, and his 3,500-soldier brigade went to Afghanistan in December.