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RFA ROTC remembers fallen marine Lance Corporal Daniel Geary

By By EVAN WHITE

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Fallen Marine Lance Corporal Daniel Geary touched many throughout the Rome community, including those at his alma mater Rome Free Academy.

Master Sergeant Della Pray is the school's junior ROTC program instructor, and taught Geary during his senior year in 2006.

"He found a home in the program and from there he actually made some of his best friends at the program," said Pray.

Entering school on Monday, Pray explained that her students showed resolve - which she considered important, and expected.

"(It's) not surprising," she said. "That's how we are. That's how a real military would do it and that's how we are close nit."

According to Pray, Geary did have trouble in school - briefly dropping out in 2005 before returning with an strong goal - becoming a Marine.

Geary was an avid bowler, Yankees fan and compassionate person according to those close with him. Pray however says there are other things she'll remember.

"...He's going to kill me for saying this but he actually loved gardening. He went over to help me do some landscaping. I remember telling him not to tell his Marine buddies..."

Funeral arrangements haven't been announced yet but Geary's remains could return to Rome as early as Thursday said Pray.

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