Family, friends mourn fallen N.H. Marine, 19

N.H. resident killed by bomb in Afghanistan

Relatives and friends of Brandon Garabrant stood at his grave at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery.
Jim Cole/Associated Press
Relatives and friends of Brandon Garabrant stood at his grave at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery.

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday at the Conval High School auditorium and lined the streets for the funeral of a New Hampshire Marine killed last month by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Corporal Brandon Garabrant, 19, of Greenfield, died along with two other Marines on June 20 in Helmand province.

The two-hour service was at the school where Garabrant graduated last year. During the service, Garabrant, a lance corporal, was posthumously awarded the rank of corporal along with the Purple Heart.


‘‘My love is with you always. I promise to be brave. I’ll remember you, and honor you for the sacrifice you made,’’ Aizlyn Alfonso sang during the service. The song, ‘‘In Honor,’’ was composed by family friends Kaitlyn and Susan Gosnel. The song told the story of watching Garabrant grow from a sweet little boy into a young man and learning that he had been killed in action.

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Garabrant’s mother, Jessie, honored her son with a video montage of his life. She picked out pictures of birthdays and bath times, vacations, and milestones — Garabrant joining the Temple Volunteer Fire Department, him wearing his Marine uniform — and quiet moments with siblings.

The Rev. Brent Charles, pastor of Jaffrey Bible Church, where Garabrant was an active member, could barely make it through his eulogy, at one point stopping and asking everyone to pray with him, ‘‘lest my heart get carried away from such grief.’’

John Garabrant recalled a message from his son while he was in Afghanistan in which he wrote of being scared and asking for God’s help.

‘‘[He wrote] ‘May God be with us on this night. May guardian Angels watch out and protect us. I’m sending love to all my family and friends,’ ’’ John Garabrant said.


‘‘He was scared deep down inside,’’ he said. ‘‘But he did what he had to do.’’

With that, he turned to the casket.

‘‘I love you,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m proud to be your father.’’

Garabrant was buried with full military honors the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery.