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Public invited to pay respects to soldier killed in Afghanistan

TAMPA — The remains of Army Pfc. Christophe J. Marquis of Tampa, who died after a roadside attack in Afghanistan, will arrive Tuesday morning and be escorted to a Tampa funeral home.

Marquis, 40, was mortally wounded when a suicide bomber set off an improvised explosive device at a checkpoint where he was working Aug. 27. He died Sept. 4 at an Army hospital in Germany.

Marquis grew up in Strasbourg, France, and joined the French Army at 18. After five years, he decided he had enough, said his sister, Magali Naas, 30. He moved to Normandy, where he owned two bars and drove a Porsche.

In 2007, he visited his sister in the United States for a skiing trip. Eventually, he decided he wanted to be closer to her and he moved to Seminole Heights in 2008.

He married his wife, Brittany Jackson-Marquis, in September 2009. They had a son, Christopher, and had plans for a second child.

The escort is expected to begin between 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at MacDill Air Force Base. It ends at Wilson Funeral Home, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The public is invited to pay their respects along the route:

• Leave MacDill Air Force Base from the Bayshore gate.

• North on Bayshore Boulevard

• East on the Platt Street Bridge

• North on Florida Avenue

• East on Jackson Street

• East on Twiggs Street

• North on Channelside Drive

• East on State Road 60

• North on 22nd Street

• East on E 21st Avenue

• Arrive at the funeral home, 3000 N 29th St.

Procession for Army Pfc. Christophe J. Marquis

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