Richmond Hill Marine remembered as a star

By Jamie Ertle-Durden - email

RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) - There are heavy hearts in Richmond Hill as more people learn that one of their own was killed in action. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Freeman was assigned to the Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa.  The 29-year-old was killed in combat in Afghanistan on Friday.

Richmond Hill High School teachers and staff are grieving the high school tennis star and honor student.  The principal tells WTOC that Matt was bound to be a star where ever he went.

"Matt always knew what he wanted to do," said Dr. Charles Spann. "I knew him as a junior and even then he knew where he wanted to go to school and what he wanted to become and that was most unusual for young men in high school."

"It's the most unfortunate situation," said Spann. "Our hearts go out to his sisters, his fiance, and his mother and father."

Dr. Spann also told us that Matt went to the Naval Academy following in his father's footsteps.

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