Georgia says farewell to Marine killed in Afghan ambush

COLUMBUS, Ga. _ More than 200 friends and family members gathered at Wynnton Hill Baptist Church Saturday to say goodbye to Gunnery Sgt. Edwin Wayne Johnson Jr., a U.S. Marine from Columbus who was killed in an ambush in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Johnson, known to many by his middle name "Wayne," was remembered as a friendly and hard-working role model who was devoted to his family and country.

"He was Superman," said younger sister LaToya Lowe. "He always tried to help people do better for themselves. He was like the role model of the century. Everybody I know who knew my brother, they looked up to him."

Johnson was killed on Sept. 8 alongside two other Marines and a Navy medical corpsman. The group, which was accompanied by McClatchy reporter Jonathan S. Landay, came under attack by insurgents after entering a small village in the Kunar province to search for weapons and meet with village elders.

"He died doing what he loved to do," Lowe said. "He loved being a Marine. It wasn’t just a job for him, it was his life."

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