On Thursday, she looked on somberly in a hangar at the airport as a worker wheeled the casket past an honor guard.
“I didn’t think I’d be this emotional,” she said, “because I didn’t know him.”
Read more about Oxford's emotional return and the countless efforts it took from people who amounted to utter strangers here on myAJC.com.
Read and sign an online guestbook for Robert Oxford, who will be buried in Concord, Ga.
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Army specialist and dad Etienne Murphy, was killed in a Northern Syria rollover crash last week.