DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Friends and family gathered Saturday for a funeral service honoring the Denham Springs Marine killed last week in a training accident on base.
21-year-old Cpl. Bryan Lauw was killed in a vehicle rollover accident at Camp Pendleton Marine Base outside San Diego, California on Sept. 12.
"He's a hero, he's my hero," said his aunt, Meredith Grant. "I'm so proud of him that there are many people now that can look up to someone because he served their country."
The funeral service was held at Amite Baptist Church in Denham Springs and included the playing of taps and a three volley gun salute by an honor guard.
Lauw joined the Marine Corps right after graduating from Live Oak High School in Watson. He served on the USS America and was later deployed to Jordan.
His friends and family remember him as stubborn yet goofy. He was said to have a big smile and an even bigger heart.
"He had the biggest laugh," Grant said. "Whenever he thought something was funny, everyone knew it."
"He was amazing" said Rebecca Holik, one of Lauw's closest friends. "We went through diapers together. We were adults together, and we were supposed to be old people together."
Family said Lauw was most at home out on the water.
"He had a passion for wake boarding," Grant said.
"He was my tubing partner, he would always taunt his father to go faster, he would standup on the tube and I would be screaming bloody murder at him to sit slow it down and sit down because I was going to fall off," Holik said.
Also in attendance at the service, a division of the Louisiana Patriot Guard Riders, a group of volunteers that includes some veterans. They road their motorcycles, escorting the Lauw's body as they left the church.,
"It is a way to go out and to show your appreciation and your honor to somebody that sacrificed for the country," said Kenny Case, amember of the Patriot Guard.