Bodies of 3 service members escorted from Delaware base

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Posted: Jul 24, 2015 9:06 AM

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police say officers from around the state escorted the bodies of two Marines and a sailor killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last week from Dover Air Force Base.

In a Facebook post, state police say officers participated in the escort to Philadelphia International Airport on Friday morning. Video posted by police shows motorcycle officers leading a procession that includes three hearses.

Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations spokesman Capt. Karl Wiest says the bodies of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Sgt. Carson Holmquist and Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith departed the base Friday morning.

Five service members were killed during an attack on military facilities in Chattanooga. The gunman was killed by police.

Police escorted the bodies of the two other Marines killed in the attack from Dover on Thursday.