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Vinita family works to bring fallen Marine brother, son home

Vinita family works to bring fallen Marine brother, son home (KTUL)

Tina and Dawn are sisters.

Growing up in Vinita, they were the best of friends.

But this duo was once a trio.

"We were like the Three Musketeers," said Dawn.

Their brother and best friend, John David Courthon died last week from a heart attack at his home in Florida..

He was a Marine who served during Desert Storm.

"He got out of the shower, walked into his bedroom, collapsed," said Dawn. "It's like a dream. It's like a dream and I want to wake up."

John had a twelve-year-old son, John David Junior.

Where there was John, John Jr. wasn't far behind..

"He doesn't know what's going to happen in his life right now, because he does realize that his dad is gone," said Dawn.

John was a single dad.

Tina and Dawn said John Junior's only other family in Florida, his mom, can't take care of him because of mental health issues.

His real home, they said, is in Vinita with them.

Now, the only thing they want to do is bring their nephew and the remains of their brother back to his home town of Vinita. But that's proving to be a lot more complicated than they once thought.

"It's a lot of money that we weren't expecting," said Dawn. "The costs aren't just making arrangements for a funeral. They are going over a thousand miles away and packing up his home."

Not to mention the costs involved in taking in a twelve year old boy.

But Tina and Dawn say they will do whatever it takes to get him home.

The family has set up a Gofundme account. If you'd like to help, click here.

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