Family remembers Lance Corporal Raymon Johnson

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A week after being killed during a combat operation in Afghanistan, the body of 22 year old Lance Corporal Raymon Johnson is back in Columbus.

His family tells you the story of his life and death.

"The doorbell rang, I went to the door and I saw them standing there. They sat us down and the words were "I regrettably hate to inform you, but Lance Corporal Raymon Johnson has passed away," recalled his father, Gregory Johnson.

His mother Gwendolyn Johnson said, "And I said "how did he die?". He said he stepped on an IED. It was a nightmare. That was my baby."

His brother Ramon told News Leader Nine, "I didn't want to believe it. Really there has been a deep hole in my heart for three or four days. I can't eat, I can't sleep. It's hard."

22 year old Raymon Johnson started working towards joining the Marines when he was just 17 years old.

His mother said, "It wasn't a family decision, it was his decision. We tried everything to keep him out of the Marines and he asked me to sign the papers and I said no way. I took him to Washington to Walter Reed so he could see what he was getting in to. He saw the wounded soldiers but he was just determined to be a Marine."

His identical twin brother, Ramon, says his bond with his brother is something he will never forget, "It was really amazing when he came home, he lit up the house. Everybody was glad when he came home, but now he's gone. It's going to be tough. It'll be a definite change."

Lance Corporal Raymon Johnson will be laid to rest Saturday morning at the Bridge Church on 2nd Avenue in Columbus.

A viewing has been scheduled at McMullen Funeral Home on Gentian Blvd. in Columbus from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday.

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