A solemn procession of family, friends and even his dog wound their way through the grounds of Bay Pines National Cemetery on Friday to pay tribute to retired Cpl. Robert William Richards, a decorated Marine from St. Petersburg.
According to news reports, Cpl. Richards, 28, was found dead Wednesday by his wife, Raechel, at their home in Jacksonville, N.C., outside Camp Lejeune. Guy Womack, a family attorney, said his death was probably caused from Cpl. Richards changing the medications he took because of injuries he suffered in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan.
According to an obituary on the funeral home's website, Cpl. Richards was in the Marines for 6 1/2 years, serving three combat deployments in Afghanistan. He served with the Scout Sniper Platoon and was awarded the Purple Heart.
Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in February.